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Scott Pantoskey 4805420 11/9/10 Controversy over Illegal Immigration Immigration, good or bad, moral or unethical, has been a reoccurring theme throughout our history and debate over the issue seems inevitable due to its controversial nature. Throughout the history and colonization of America, immigration has been a vital aspect of our society starting from Christopher Columbus accidentally exploring the Americas and meeting the Native Americans, which ultimately started a series of wars and a revolution to unite America. Often times, people’s political preference or platform generate the foundation of their beliefs and in this case their stance behind illegal immigration. Illegal immigration has become an ever-increasing and influential element of our nation due to the massive influx of immigrants over the course of the United States. According to the United States census of 2005 there were an estimated 8.7 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S 1 . The number of undocumented immigrants in America only seems to increase each year due to poor border patrol and the lack of strict laws governing immigration. The United States accepts more legal immigrants as permanent residents than all other countries in the world combined. In the seventeenth century alone, 175,000 born Englishmen immigrated to the United States in hope for a fresh start. Working primarily as indentured servants, (a laborer or tradesman , under contract to an employer for a fixed period of time, typically three to seven years in exchange for their ocean transportation, food, clothing, lodging and other necessities during the term of their 1 Christian Science Monitor
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indenture) 2 these immigrants slowly climbed up the economic hierarchy and were met with bitter attitudes by lower class citizens who felt the threat of labor competition. Immigration is a controversial issue that can be looked at in a positive light, as many of them just want better economic opportunities. Although, negative aspects also arose as it became more difficult to compete for lower income jobs. Moreover, pro- immigration activists say that illegal immigration supports the fundamental aspects of freedom, which is the underlying theme of our nation, and if an immigrant resorts to violence and law breaking behaviors then they can easily be deported back to their homeland. On the other hand, anti-immigration activists insist that they are stealing their jobs and are fearful that they are driving more and more American citizens into poverty. For this research project, I interviewed ten random people and asked them a variety of questions about immigration. In addition to the questions provided I added one of my own about their background that is beneficial to analyzing their answers and providing reasoning to why they answered the way they did. The question regarded the
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