Immigration 2013

It did not take long for President Obama and the new Congress to start sharing some ideas on immigration. A recent poll is suggesting that 51% of Americans approve of allowing illegal immigrants stay in America. Because of the recent mass shootings, gun control has been the main issue discussed for several weeks, even more so than the still weak economy. Gun control is one of the most divisive issues in the country, with people arguing over the 2nd Amendment and what exactly does it mean. However, with these new ideas on immigration coming up, it would not surprise me to see gun control go to the back burner. Temporarily.

Immigration is a controversial issue because there are millions of people living in this country who are here illegally. However, with bills like the DREAM Act, despite the sluggish economy, more and more people are still wanting to come to America. So clearly, the American Dream is not dead. I do believe that we should secure the border. But I do not believe that we should deport the immigrants back to their home countries. Most illegal immigrants come from very poor or dangerous countries. There is a drug war in Mexico. Thousands of people are dead. Nobody had a big deal of illegal immigration when Cuban immigrants fled to America to escape Fidel Castro. What’s the difference?

The plans shown by Congress for immigration reform are nothing too new. The plans given by Congress are a bipartisan effort. Give the immigrants background checks and an opportunity to live and to work here so they can get the chance to earn their citizenship.This gives me hope that both sides can learn to finally work together. The country has come a long way in the last four years. But we can not go back to where we were at the beginning of this “Great Recession” by arguing and name calling. This goes out to both sides. Now, I think the biggest concern with the immigration plans will lie in with the citizenship. People are going to say that it isn’t fair to the immigrants who earned their green cards after applying and applying and have waited years to become citizens. What I think the country should do is be more open to legal immigration, make it less difficult to become citizens. I mean, the vast majority of citizens in the country are citizens just because there were lucky enough to be born here. People from both party lines are working together to pass legislation to solve this problem. This is exactly what we need. We can’t keep waiting for something to happen. Illegal immigration has decreased significantly since the start of the century. Let’s finally pass some real legislation and then we can move on to the most important issues.