A huge debate sweeping the news is the issue of immigration. Fox News reports on the thousands of illegal children who crossed the Mexican border in October of 2015. Swaying to the conservative side, Fox News finds this to be an outrage and stabs at holes in our government. They report mostly on the failure this country and ties it back to our immigration system. The United States government should have existing immigration laws, provide more security at both borders and focus on the better good of all U.S. citizens. Our current immigration system provides many ways for people from foreign countries to enter our country as legal residents or become a U.S. citizen. They include Family-Based immigration, Employment-Based immigration and immigration based on special circumstances.

Under Family-Based Immigration, a U.S. citizen can file an immigrant visa petition for a spouse, son/daughter, parent, or brother/sister. Employment-Based immigration is when a U.S. employer sponsors certain skilled workers who will be hired into permanent jobs. No more than 7% of both Family-Based and Employment-Based visas can enter the states from a single country. Special circumstance immigration typically applies to refugees being persecuted for their race, political affiliation, religion, or social membership within their country of residence. These situations usually occur in countries that are unstable, under developed, or ruled by a tyrannical dictator.

The U.S. government currently has special circumstances immigration on its way. President Obama has stated that the U.S. is going to take 10,000 refuges from Syria who are being persecuted for their religious affiliation. This headline has been running in the news and upsets many Americans. The major concern with bringing in these refuges is the possibility that terrorist might be mixed in.

Once immigrants enter our country legally, they can pursue U.S. Citizenship. This is a process where immigrants apply to become citizens of the U.S., which allows them to live here indefinitely and take advantage of many benefits and opportunities. Citizenship is usually the next step after obtaining a green card for people who want to live in the U.S.

Undocumented immigration, often called illegal immigration, occurs when foreigners bypass the visa process and enter the U.S. by crossing the border or obtain a visa, but overstay the allotted time period. Undocumented immigration has become a highly political topic that currently dominates the news media.

Today there are many people who work around our immigration laws and enter the U.S. illegally. The most common way is people cross the Mexican border over to California, Arizona, New Mexico or Texas.  Some have kids born in the U.S, which means the kids are automatically citizens. This makes it difficult to deport the parents because they are the kid’s immediate family. The southern border is not as protected as it should be. We have good laws to control illegal immigration, but they are not being strongly enforced. If the immigration laws were enforced, our country would be more secure and the economy would be stronger. The amount of illegal immigrants entering the country is hurting our nation.

I don’t understand why the government wants to open the borders to undocumented immigrants. Some politicians in the government want to provide amnesty to undocumented aliens in hopes they will vote for them in upcoming elections. The 2016 Democratic candidates want to take money from wealthy and give it to the less fortunate, which includes illegal immigrants. These candidates are promising the American dream in return for votes. If I were an immigrant perusing to live in America under the care of the government, they would have my vote too. This is the only way I can understand why some want to help others instead of their own countrymen.

We were founded as in immigrant nation and we need to continue to bring immigrants into our country. However, it needs to be controlled so we know who is coming in and their intensions. We have needs for people with certain skill sets in order to sustain and grow our economy. Therefore, we need to attract people with these skills into our country for the better good of all. We currently have millions of people in our country who entered illegally and undocumented yet they receive benefits from our government. This contradicts the 14th Amendment of our Constitution.

Dresden S


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We are students in Dr. Ostroff's sections of U.S. Government at All Saints' Episcopal School in Fort Worth, Texas. (

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