Opposing Viewpoints - Bieler 1 John Bieler Professor Lerner Sociology 202 5 April 2007 Opposing Viewpoints Immigration in the U.S Immigration has

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John Bieler Professor Lerner Sociology 202 5 April 2007 Opposing Viewpoints Immigration in the U.S. Immigration has become a topic of main concern in the United States. Immigration remains under heavy political debate and is essential to American politics. The debate centralizes on whether illegal immigration is a major problem for the United States. According to Brian Grown and his colleagues illegal immigration doesn’t harm the United States economy. On the other hand, Sam Francis takes the three hundred thousand illegal aliens that come in every year from the Southern border as an invasion and we should militarize our borders for that reason. I tend to agree more with Grown rather than Francis, but furthermore I still believe illegal immigration is still a problem just not to the extreme of Francis. To agree with Grown means that you are taking the less serious approach to the problem that is illegal immigration. In accordance with Grown, big consumer companies have recognized that illegal immigration is still a source of growth and marketed towards them. According to Grown, these companies, such as Kraft Foods Inc., “explicitly target Hispanic newcomers—more than half of whom are estimated to enter the U.S. illegally, according to a new study by Pew,” (Grown 1). Furthermore, Grown argues that the federal government has all but stopped enforcing the law against the hiring illegal immigrants. In 2004, “the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement agency brought just three actions against companies for employing illegals, down from 417 in 1999, according to the GAO,” (Grown 1). The giant corporations that take advantage of this Bieler 1
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new market could have a great impact on United States immigration policy. However, President George Bush is still the sheriff and is known for being strict on immigration reform. But according to Nancy Gibbs, “President Bush tried once more to show that
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Opposing Viewpoints - Bieler 1 John Bieler Professor Lerner Sociology 202 5 April 2007 Opposing Viewpoints Immigration in the U.S Immigration has

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