Controversy over Illegal Immigration

Illegal immigration in the United States has been a very controversial issue over the past few years. The federal government, due to its lack of bipartisanship, has not been able to pass any crucial immigration reform laws, so some states have been forced to pass their own legislation. One such example is the Arizona Senate Bill 1070. Arizona has a major problem with illegal immigration, mainly because of drug cartels. Mexican drug cartels send runners across the border to transport marijuana, methamphetamine, other drugs, and weapons. Arizona decided to take action, and in doing so, they ignited a lot of talk across the country. The bill was taken to court, and in June 2012, the United States Supreme Court ruled on the case of Arizona v. United States. The high court upheld the provision requiring immigration status checks during law enforcement stops, but banned three other controversial provisions. Whether you agree with the law or not, one can sympathize with the people of Arizona. They are being forced to deal with a problem that the federal government fails to act upon.

Police, especially in states such as Arizona, have stepped up immigration patrols in recent years. Source: Elvert Barnes

Given that Bellarmine is a Catholic school, we must look at immigration from a moral perspective. Students are given many opportunities to be work directly with immigrants with immersion trips, such as the Rural Plunge and Kino Border Initiative. When driving along highways in areas such as Gilroy, Salinas, and other rural areas, no one ever seems to look left and right at all the farm workers who are working jobs that are essential to America’s economy. Isaac Madrid, a student who went on the Rural Plunge immersion trip, said, “[the immigrants] came to work. They came to live. Most importantly they came so their children could have opportunities.” The men and women that wake up early in the morning to pick vegetables are trying to build a life where their children can go to school, and hopefully get a better job than the one they have now. Many men come here alone and send money back to their families in other countries. They take the risk of dying crossing the border, or being caught by the border patrol and being sent back home. If this is not desperate, then I don’t know what is. Learning the story behind each immigrant is something everyone must do before making a judgment. Generalizations about immigrants cannot be made, especially when each immigrant has a unique background and reason for coming the United States. When we are given the chance to interact with immigrants, we must take that chance and make the best of it. By talking with immigrants, we can understand why they came here, and what they plan to do with their time here. Jesus showed mercy and love, so we should be able to do that for each individual on Earth.

In addition, illegal immigrants in America are also held to a higher standard than that of regular U.S. citizens. Often, stories such as gang violence, drunk driving, and assaults involving illegal immigrants show up in the news and on the television. Many immigrants, due to their low income, are forced to live in areas where there is a strong presence of violence. These areas are the gang-recruiting centers of America. Young kids find themselves without a stable living, and gangs offer a life that look appealing to those kids. They find themselves caught up in a world where they cannot easily get out. In order to help those children, something needs to be done to alleviate living conditions in the ghettos where gangs are prominent.

Furthermore, the very emotional subject of what to do when an illegal immigrant gets caught is being played out across America. Should the person be deported, or simply charged for whatever they were caught doing? In my opinion, each case needs to be individually looked at. If a person is known to be an outstanding figure in a community, then I do not think they should be deported. But if a person has any prior charges, then yes, they should be. More and more factors such as family play into this debate, making it a very controversial subject.

In the end, illegal immigration is an emotional topic that affects nearly all Americans in some way. The problem, as seen by most of America, is that illegal immigration inside our borders needs to be dealt with. The truth is that the problem starts outside of the United States, with corruption and economic turmoil in countries like Mexico. If the United States can help those countries get their problems sorted out, then our own problems with immigration may start to go away.

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  2. Controversy over Illegal Immigration
    October 30, 2012 11:50 pm·
    Illegal immigration in the United States has been a very controversial issue over the past few years. The federal government, due to its lack of bipartisanship, has not been able to pass any crucial immigration reform laws, so some states have been forced to pass their own legislation. One such example is the Arizona Senate Bill 1070. Arizona has a major problem with illegal immigration, mainly because of drug cartels. Mexican drug cartels send runners across the border to transport marijuana, methamphetamine, other drugs, and weapons. Arizona decided to take action, and in doing so, they ignited a lot of talk across the country. The bill was taken to court, and in June 2012, the United States Supreme Court ruled on the case of Arizona v. United States. The high court upheld the provision requiring immigration status checks during law enforcement stops, but banned three other controversial provisions. Whether you agree with the law or not, one can sympathize with the people of Arizona. They are being forced to deal with a problem that the federal government fails to act upon.

    Police, especially in states such as Arizona, have stepped up immigration patrols in recent years. Source: Elvert Barnes
    Given that Bellarmine is a Catholic school, we must look at immigration from a moral perspective. Students are given many opportunities to be work directly with immigrants with immersion trips, such as the Rural Plunge and Kino Border Initiative. When driving along highways in areas such as Gilroy, Salinas, and other rural areas, no one ever seems to look left and right at all the farm workers who are working jobs that are essential to America’s economy. Isaac Madrid, a student who went on the Rural Plunge immersion trip, said, “[the immigrants] came to work. They came to live. Most importantly they came so their children could have opportunities.” The men and women that wake up early in the morning to pick vegetables are trying to build a life where their children can go to school, and hopefully get a better job than the one they have now. Many men come here alone and send money back to their families in other countries. They take the risk of dying crossing the border, or being caught by the border patrol and being sent back home. If this is not desperate, then I don’t know what is. Learning the story behind each immigrant is something everyone must do before making a judgment. Generalizations about immigrants cannot be made, especially when each immigrant has a unique background and reason for coming the United States. When we are given the chance to interact with immigrants, we must take that chance and make the best of it. By talking with immigrants, we can understand why they came here, and what they plan to do with their time here. Jesus showed mercy and love, so we should be able to do that for each individual on Earth.

    In addition, illegal immigrants in America are also held to a higher standard than that of regular U.S. citizens. Often, stories such as gang violence, drunk driving, and assaults involving illegal immigrants show up in the news and on the television. Many immigrants, due to their low income, are forced to live in areas where there is a strong presence of violence. These areas are the gang-recruiting centers of America. Young kids find themselves without a stable living, and gangs offer a life that look appealing to those kids. They find themselves caught up in a world where they cannot easily get out. In order to help those children, something needs to be done to alleviate living conditions in the ghettos where gangs are prominent.

    Furthermore, the very emotional subject of what to do when an illegal immigrant gets caught is being played out across America. Should the person be deported, or simply charged for whatever they were caught doing? In my opinion, each case needs to be individually looked at. If a person is known to be an outstanding figure in a community, then I do not think they should be deported. But if a person has any prior charges, then yes, they should be. More and more factors such as family play into this debate, making it a very controversial subject.

    In the end, illegal immigration is an emotional topic that affects nearly all Americans in some way. The problem, as seen by most of America, is that illegal immigration inside our borders needs to be dealt with. The truth is that the problem starts outside of the United States, with corruption and economic turmoil in countries like Mexico. If the United States can help those countries get their problems sorted out, then our own problems with immigration may start to go away.

  3. I personally feel that there should be no law for illegal immigration. They are obviously coming to America for a reason. We automatically assume that they just want to cause chaos, when in all reality they mostly want a better life style.

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