Illegal Immigration - Critical Analysis Paper #2: Illegal...

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Critical Analysis Paper #2: Illegal Immigration In today’s society, there are many controversial issues which garner a vast following. However, few issues evoke the fervor that can be attributed to illegal immigration. The fact that illegal immigration affects such an immense number of people over such a large geographic area contributes to its impact. Once one has experienced the effects of illegal immigration, one typically finds one’s self biased. In scrutinizing the problem to reach a rational and practical solution, one can discern that both sides present a compelling argument. By looking at a variety of sources analytically, one can carefully calculate an informed opinion. In the debate that rages regarding illegal immigration, both sides agree that more stringent border controls are needed. The difference in opinion arises over the topic of integration. Proponents for integrating illegal immigrants into American society contend that this is a necessary step in solving the immigration dilemma. They assert that their solution is “not amnesty” since it includes a “[multi-year] process…including [fines]” as well as “benchmarks for learning English” to achieve citizenship (Thornburgh). Historically, assimilation in the United States has not been immediate, but is inevitable. In the “19 th century,” America was settled largely by “German immigrants” (Thornburgh). Despite their heritage, the descendants of these immigrants have adopted the American lifestyle. Over time, illegal immigrants have become an essential part of the American work force. If all of the illegal immigrants were to be deported, a large percentage of the American work force would vanish. While there has been immense technological growth in industry, “no machine has yet been invented to take over some of the toughest positions;” the positions which are occupied by illegal immigrants (Thornburgh). Often times, illegal immigrants “[do not] file tax returns” in fear of being discovered, thusly taking less money from the federal government than the average American citizen (Thornburgh). In addition, illegal immigrants often utilize several identities, making it difficult for authorities to sort out who is in the community.
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Integrating these illegal immigrants into society would aid the authorities by eliminating the immigrants’ need for double and even triple identities. In concurrence with those who share his views, Frank Sharry advocates enhanced border security as well as integrating illegal immigrants into American society. In America today, “fourteen million people…live in households headed by an undocumented immigrant” (Sharry). Illegal immigration in today’s society does not fit the traditional stereotype. Illegal immigrants no longer affect a “handful of gateway states;” in fact, “70 percent live with spouses or children” and only “3 percent work in agriculture” (Sharry). In illustrating these points, Sharry conveys that illegal immigration differs from the
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This note was uploaded on 09/15/2008 for the course POLY SCI 198 taught by Professor Infranco during the Fall '07 term at Washington State University .

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