Immigration has been a major problem forcountless years that seems to never seize. Illegal immigrants do not hold therights that U.
S. residents possess and manage to live a hard life because ofthe mere opportunities that come their way. U.S. residents are allowed tovacate and visit the places immigrants come from, yet they have to risk theirlives in hopes of a better life. Where is the equality? The unfair treatmentarises from them simply being illegal, however everyone deserves equalityregardless of their background and origin. The deep stigma and outlook onimmigrants in today’s society can be quite controversial.
The government shouldindeed allow immigrants to find a place to call home without the use of strictimmigration bills, laws, and detention centers. Why condemn individuals whoprovide contributions and influences to a country that is a melting pot full ofimmigrants? Illegal immigration is an operation of a growing and developingworld that contributes to the movement and advancement of goods and services,people, and expertise nationally, and thus must be encouraged, not criticized. It’scrazy to even think a land of the free founded on the basis of immigrants wouldcreate immigration detention centers, holding thousands of immigrants upon thesuspicion of visa violations, unauthorized arrival, or illegal entry underharsh and inhumane conditions of confinement. According to the Center forAmerican Progress, increasing detention and deportation rates will not onlycost taxpayers billions but will also tear families apart and positionvulnerable individuals- including survivors of domestic violence and sexualassault, as well as women and children fleeing from violence in theirhomelands- in notable danger. This land was built by immigrants and in 1860, about13% of the population was foreign-born.
The numbers have since then increased..so why should a green card holder be deported or even incarcerated with peoplewho are convicted of much worse for failure to notify immigration authoritieswithin 10 days of an address change? It’s a concept of basic human rights, allpeople are supposedly protected under the Constitution in accordance with the14th amendment.Theconditions within the immigrant detention facilities are absolutely horrendous.According to ThinkProgress.org, as of 2016, nine of the 10 largest detentioncenters in the country are run by private prison companies. In the T. Don HuttoResidential Center, a detention facility that was once a medium security prisonwas sued by American Civil Liberties Union for the “prison-like” conditionsthey put children and families in.
“Children were required to wear prisonjumpsuits, held in small cells, and limited to an hour of outdoor playtime perday.” 29 year old, Zelaya was forced to manage her sickle cell anemia withouttreatment, developed serious stomach problems, and fell into a deep depressionwhile at this detention center. This is only one story amongst several othersacross the U.S.
Tobe frank, families and children are getting ripped apart because of thedeportation law stated in the New York Times that “part of the government’sefforts to meet an annual quota of about 400,000 deportations, has haddevastating results” The harsh new economic reality that these children nowhave to fend for themselves creates not only an economic divide but a psychicdivide that pushes these immigrants into areas that they can afford and areassociated with crime. The parents of these children came to this country forthe American Dream but Americans are not allowing that to happen. They aretaking away families/parents and expecting children to grow up to be successfulindividuals in a world that is unknown to them. While these individuals are notcommitting major crimes, the mandatory detention of noncitizens convicted of awide range of offenses that the government looks for. This leads thesechildren of immigrants to fall into the trap of detention facilities for life.About 75 percent of adolescents who have spent time in juvenile detentioncenters are incarcerated later in life. In a story covered by The Guardian, animmigrant named Bernice and her daughter were taken and put into the DilleyDetention Center in South Texas by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
After being held for so long and not being able to pay the bond put on her, herhopes for providing a better life for herself and her daughter, turned intohopelessness and a suicide attempt. Lives are being broken—leaving a long-lastingmental and physical impact on both adults and children, which is why thegovernment should rid of detention centers and harsh deportation laws.Inthe article, “Immigration in the United States”, it reaches back into thebeginning of America through its different periods of mass immigration. In theopening of the article, there was originally no definitive structure thatrestricted the number of immigrants that could enter the country orrestrictions from leaving upon being granted citizenship.
As time progresses inthe Post 1965 Era, problems began to arise in terms of controlling immigration.Systems that were put in place to control the flow of immigrants entering thestates had very little impact on restricting country access to illegalimmigrants. Historical events like 9/11 contributed heavily to the narrative ofimmigrant’s terrorist threat to America. 9/11 also caused a 24% decline in anumber of visas distributed between the years of 2001 and 2002 resulting in adecade of reconstruction.Thearticle, “Impossible Subjects” allows individuals to see different scenarios ofmandatory immigrant deportation as another example in the United States thathighlights its ability to only relate threat towards specific groups of people.Contrary to what we may be conditioned to believe every day, race has stillbeen a factor that has long defined American society and still does throughimmigration policy. This emphasis on racial difference has opened throughrecently developed classification.
The relation of Mexican and Asian immigrantsas aliens as individuals excluded from immigration or foreigners to native soilis quite ironic to the comparison of immigrants from European descent thatcould be considered white, which gives them a distinction separating theirstatus as immigrants in America. Since the beginning of American history,marginalized groups are turned into social outcasts receiving no credit fortheir contribution to modern American society. Immigrants along with men andwomen with distinct social identities have long suffered the burden of beingconsidered inadequate in a nation considered to be well-known for itsincorporation of all races.Manymay argue that undocumented immigrants commit crimes more than Americans do. Thetruth about undocumented immigrants committing crimes more than Americans isthat according to Politifact, “that there’s no national database of crimescommitted by undocumented immigrants or study that tracked the crimes they havecommitted.” In addition, crime rates andlevels of immigration are not correlated.
“Violent crime is not a deleteriousconsequence of increased immigration.”Regardingthe issue of job security of Americans being upset that undocumented immigrantsare taking jobs and wages that they could be taking, immigrants are actuallytaking the back-breaking jobs that native-born workers are not willing to do.About three percent of white and black workers earned the federal minimum wageor less. That means that 97% of white and black workers in America are makingmore than the minimum wage. They work unfavorable hours just to acquire enoughcurrency to get by.
If these immigrant workers were to leave the country, whowould commit to these hard and awful environments to work in?Theidea of illegal immigrants all pose negative facts but what happens when legalimmigrants get tossed on the same boat? Many stress that immigrants should seekthe legal way but yet, they are still being incarcerated when they come toAmerica legally. According to The LosAngeles Times, “The Obama administration has deported more than 2.5 million”illegal” or “undocumented” immigrants. Contrary to popular belief, this isfalse because false because “those statistics include legal residents andpeople with valid visas — not just immigrants who crossed the border withoutpermission” (LA Times, 2016). But realistically, an influx of immigrants cancause environmental concerns, depletion of resources, and economic degradation.
Mexicans account for half of all unauthorized immigrants in the US, but theunauthorized Mexican population is declining.Immigrantsand foreign-born populations as a whole pose no threat to society, in fact,benefit many industries and have stabilized the foundations of various sectorsin America. Imprisoning hundreds of thousands of immigrants is not justifiableto any extent and violates basic human rights of those in search of a betterlife. According to American Progress, “Compared with all Americans, U.S.
– bornchildren of immigrants are more likely to go to college, less likely to live inpoverty, and equally likely to be homeowners” (American Progress, 2017) Theworking- class households of immigrants that earn an income less than 200% ofthe federal poverty line, in fact, rely less on welfare and public benefitsthan compared to U.S- born households.