Immigration in the U.S.
Immigration is a topic in which everyone has an opinion on. It was proven in our last election that immigration is a very lively topic in our country today, and one of the most talked about controversies of this topic is, “Should the regulations on immigration be more strict than they are at this point? Immigrants and refugees are looked at as threats and dangerous, why is that and how can that be changed?” My target audience for this argument of a very controversial topic would be politicians that are proposing immigration reform laws. Most of these politicians that are writing these proposals are doing it out of what they believe is best for this country, without taking a look at how beneficial immigrants are to this country. This country was founded on immigration, meaning that if you are not native American and native to this land your family immigrated to this country at one point or another. Therefor who are we to deprive people of the right to come to a new country to start their lives.
In the argument “Should the regulations on immigration be more strict than they are at this point? “ I take the side of no. No, the immigration regulations should not be more strict than what they are at this point because our country would be nothing without them. The apposing side to this argument will try to exploit the fact that immigrants are a “security threat” or are “taking American jobs” when in fact these are not valid reasons to increase immigration regulation. The number one reason we see immigrants come to our country is work and opportunity, we do not see immigrants come to this country solely to be a national threat. As for immigrants taking American jobs, these jobs are more than likely the jobs that Americans are not willing to do and have not been doing for that last century. People complain about immigrants taking American jobs not realizing the fact that if we took immigrants from these jobs we would not be able to buy more than half things we would like to in a grocery store. Allowing immigrants into our country we are helping our economy in producing more goods in a shorter amount of time and helping our own unemployment rate. Not only is allowing immigrants into our country helping our economy, we are creating new lives for millions of people and their families. These families should not be deprived of family members not being able to come to this country because of more strict immigration polices.
I take this side of this controversy because I personally believe that this country stood for something greater than this. This county was built on the idea of immigrating to a new country and stating a new life. That is way Europeans settled this land in the first place. For so long this great country welcomed immigrants with open arms and invited people to come start a new life, now it is as if all the sudden someone said “No we don’t want anymore people, go home.” At what point did this country stop believing in what it was founded upon. Statistically speaking 98 percent of our population is made up immigrants, because only two percent are indeed native to this land. Who are we to start depriving people of the right to start a new life and do what all of our ancestors did so many years ago.
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