Desarae G. Pennsylvania

Outlook and Change: Immigration in the U.S.

In my letter to the president, I will address multiple topics including: immigration, race, and other influential and controversial themes.

In my letter to the president, I will address multiple topics including: immigration, race, and other influential and controversial themes. When thinking about immigration, of course, immigrants come to mind. Certain races, certain ages, and certain genders also come to mind. Where immigrants come from, what they do when they get to the US, how the US cares for them/doesn't care for them, and how America see immigrants once they are here are all things that are different ideas for everyone. In America, perspectives on immigration have changed drastically. Some events, like the attack on the twin towers on September 11, 2001 have caused national security to be a prominent issue. The fear of terrorists has increased border control which has caused letting more immigrants in to become a bigger, seemingly more dangerous act.

When it comes to immigration and the immigration policy, there are many plans to improve it and the U.S. all together. The plan to restrict immigration is something that would definitely benefit America as a whole and there are many factors to support it. To clarify, there would not be an entire restriction of immigration, just a decrease in acceptance and the acceptance would be based on certain requirements. We would develop a plan to speed up the citizenship process by simplifying the test questions for entry into the U.S., implementing a citizenship process identical to Canada ( it is a shorter process than the US and also has a website directly linked to applying for citizenship and more), and accepting a certain amount of immigrants per year.

People come to the U.S. for protection, for opportunity, for their family, and many other reasons. There's a difference between an immigrant and a refugee, though. A refugee is someone who seeks protection in another country because of conflict or persecution in their own while an immigrant is a person who comes to live permanently in a foreign country for whatever reason. Undocumented immigrants are the problem since immigrants benefit our country in many ways which include immigrants boosting the demand for local consumer goods, Immigrant-owned businesses creating jobs for American workers, and immigration reform increasing America’s GDP.

Even though I only touched on it slightly earlier in this letter, prior historical events do greatly affect the immigration policy and how immigrants are seen. In 1952, the Immigration and Nationality Act calmed down restrictions against immigrants from Asia. The act “placed priority on reuniting families and attracting highly skilled professionals.” -U.S. Immigration Policy in an Unsettled World.

I feel as though immigration could help the U.S., but in certain areas. Specifically talking about Mexico, undocumented people cross the border from Mexico to America in hopes of getting a job, having their own property, etc. because the pay in Mexico is not as high as it is where they used to live. Since so many people are coming over, as a country, we have decided we are going to try and prevent this. People in America started to feel odd about the situation because they felt as though these immigrants were taking natives' jobs. Our unemployment rate was increasing and we could not have immigrants taking the jobs because that's unfair to the US citizens who were born here. That is why there is so much political confusion when talking about illegal immigration.

Science Leadership Academy @ Center City

Science Leadership Academy @ Center City

We are high school students from Philadelphia! We've been studying immigration in U.S. history so many of our letters include our opinions on this issue.

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