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unemployment. Most of the illegal immigrants are poorly educated and come to the US towork low paying jobs that most native-born Americans will not accept (Preston, 2007). The main reason that everybody wants to go to the United States is because if they would gosomewhere like France or Japan, however they would get higher wages, there is a muchgreater chance of getting harassed, arrested or deported in those countries, as opposed to theUnited States (Hannity, 2007). United States immigration policy in recent decades has not provided for strong, effectivemeasures to reduce illegal immigration, and at the same time, explicitly authorizes high levelsof legal immigration (Hernandez, 2004). Therefore, there have been high levels ofimmigration in this country since the 1960s. In 1980 public polls indicated that a majority ofthe United States public favored establishing current legal immigration. Since the 1960s therehave been few acts that have been passed. When the Immigration Act of 1990 was passed ithad a major impact on the United States (Wilson, 1990). Upon signing the Immigration Act of 1990 into law, President Bush hailed the benefits of thislegislation for the nation, saying, "This act recognizes the fundamental importance andhistoric contributions of immigrants to our country," and "is good for families, good forbusiness, good for crime fighting, and good for America" (Hernandez, 2004, p100). During a signing for an immigration quota law in 1924, President Coolidge states, "Americamust be kept American” (Light, 1993). Unfortunately, in this day-and-age, America is notbeing kept American. Many immigrants have come into the United States and have changedthe way things work. When one reads a sign in public, for example, it is most likely to notonly having the phrase written in English but also in another language such as Spanish. Along
with many other Americans, I believe that immigrants displace United States workers, burdensocial welfare systems, and threaten American culture (Wilson, 1990).