The Impact on Immigration in the United States.docx

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it quite clear that issues regarding immigration, in what he called the “third rail” of U.S. politics, would not be handled during the President’s first term in office (Nevins, 2010). Such words have brought distinct criticism upon the administration of the United States President. “Although Obama dedicated only about 40 seconds to immigration, his words spoke volumes. By stating his commitment to “secure our borders” and “enforce our laws,” the president was signaling
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that immigration authorities will continue raiding private homes in search of “illegal’s,” forcing employers to turn over undocumented workers, and splitting up families with deportations” (Gonzales, 2010). Also according to the article there is a possibility that the president and the political parties could attempt to cut backroom deals on immigration reform. “A reform package brokered in this way would likely incorporate and even intensify the enforcement demands of the Bush-era anti-immigrant right, while securing a highly exploitable workforce and pacifying potentially radical sectors of the immigrant rights movement with a few concessions” (Gonzales, 2010).There have been several immigration cases that have made national headlines in the media. In May 2010, Kennesaw State University senior, Jessica Colotl was pulled over by the university’s police for a minor traffic violation. After she was detained for failing to have proper documentation proving her admittance into the United States, Colotl instantly drew national attention and became the face for immigration reform. Numerous civil right organizations backed her in thinking the charges brought against her should be dropped. “Federal officials deferred action on her case for a year, allowing her to complete her classes” (Brumback, 2010). Upon graduation she will be required to return to her birth country, which reiterates the aforementioned discussion of sending educated illegal immigrants or those with student visas out of the country in which they received their education. Lee said that other than completing college, his client's plans for the future are unclear. "There are so many variables in terms of what's going to happen…that it's a little too early to say”(Gilgoff, 2010). Colotl is currently on track to graduate from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, but must put it to use in a different country as a result of immigration laws currently in effect.
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In another article from the Associated Press, there was a case concerning Niamh Stoute, a seven-year-old Barbadian girl suffering with stage IV neuroblastoma. She was being treated at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Aflac Cancer Center while her mother accompanied her but she almost had to remain in the hospital alone. According to the AP, in August 2010, after her nine-month visitor’s visa had expired and her request for an extension had been denied, Petra
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  • Spring '14
  • AbiA.Awomolo
  • The American, Immigration to the United States, President of the United States

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