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Illegal Immigration in the U.S.
Transcript of Illegal Immigration in the U.S.
many reasons, which includes under-educated people that assume that something is wrong with immigration. Many people believe that immigrants are taking jobs that could go to the unemployed population of the U.S. Also, many immigrants are illegal, because they believe that the legal process would take far too long and would overwhelm them.
First-generation immigrants' cultures don't really change at all, but second-generation immigrants (children of immigrants) tend to absorb the United States culture more. This is because they are raised both around their parents and their culture as well as the other people around them and their culture. The problems arise when the U.S. culture in that area does not have enough of the culture to offer the second-generation kids. If the schools are not great, or if there are not jobs or activities for the second-generation kids to engage in, then they tend to check out of US culture and end up kind of lost between both. This is an area that is not of the US culture but not of their fully of their parents’ culture either. Then, things like gangs come and fill the void.
Immigration in the United States
56% of illegal immigrants in the U.S. are Mexican, 22% are from other Latin American countries, and 16% are Asian.
ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, (commonly known as ICE), is the primary investigative branch of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. They were founded in 2003, and have over 20,000 employees. They also have offices in all 50 states, and in 47 foreign countries.
Our Chosen Solution
To put it simply, our solution for immigration would be education. We would try to educate American citizens about how immigration is not an actual problem that takes jobs away from American citizens. Immigrants should also be educated about the cultures and standards of the US, so that they could pass through the immigration system without feeling overwhelmed by the process. Education could also help to give immigrants the skills that American citizens learn in schools and colleges, which would help them to get good, honest jobs. With the job, they could send money to their families, and everyone would be happy!
What is Immigration?
Immigration is the movement of people from one country to another country to live in that country. People who immigrate to the U.S. immigrate to find better opportunities and chase the “American Dream”. Immigration can be either illegal or legal. The legal process involves a lot of paperwork and is much safer. The illegal process involves either hiring a third party to smuggle you into a country, or simply crossing a border yourself.
Why Immigration is a Social Issue?
More than 1 million immigrants became legal permanent immigrants of the United States in 2012.
Some Facts About Immigration in the United States
Why do people immigrate into the U.S.?
American Citizenship Test
When people immigrate into the United States they have to pass a test as the final step to become a legal citizen. The test consists of 10 questions about U.S. history and you have to get at least 7 or 8 questions right to pass. This test sounds simple enough but it really isn't. In fact, the average American probably wouldn't be able to pass this test. This is one of the controversies about immigration. If a person can't pass a test about their own country, how can they expect someone from a different person to be able to pass it?
P.S: For those of you who think this test is easy there will be a sample test at the end of this presentation so you can see how well you would really do.
American Citizenship Practice Test
Do you think you can pass the American Citizenship Test? Take this practice test to find out:
1. How many changes or Amendments, to the Constitution are there?
2. Who becomes president if both the President and Vice President die?
3. What was the 49th state added to the United States?
4. How many Supreme Court Justices are there?
5. Who said give me liberty or give me death?
6. Who wrote the National Anthem?
7. Name the amendments that address voting rights?
8. In what year was the constitution written?
9. How many times may a senator or congressmen be re-elected?
10. What U.S citizenship and immigration services form is used to apply for naturalized citizenship?
Practice Test Answers
Here are the answers to the practice test. Remember to pass you have to get at least 7 right answers.
1. 27 Amendments
2. The Speaker of the House
5. Patrick Henry
6. Francis Scott Key
7. The 15th, 19th, 24th, and 26th amendments
9. As many times as they get elected
10. Form- N 400
What are the most common misconceptions about immigration?
The most common misconception about immigration is that immigrants come to the United States to steal jobs from American citizens, and that they are all lazy thieves or threats to their neighbors.
Many people who are against immigration also believe that immigrants come to the U.S. only to get money to send back home, or that immigrants pass back and forth, taking money back home whenever they feel as if they need income.
Possible Solutions For Immigrations
Improving the Conditions and Opportunities In Peoples' Own Countries
People immigrate into the United States because it is a very large economic power. The standard of living, and access to opportunity is much higher here than it is in many other countries. More importantly, the U.S. is an ideal for many immigrants. It is the land of opportunities, the place to go for a better life. Many immigrants see this as a chance for a better life than they are living at the moment, and a chance to provide for their families. This is why mostly men immigrate to the United States, rather than young children. In some other countries, it is unthinkable that some people can start out poor, but work themselves into a decent life. In short, the United States has much more opportunities than some other countries, where immigrants migrate from, such as education, rising out of poverty, and providing for their families.
Giving More People Citizenship and Allowing People to Travel to America For Short Periods of Time to Work and Earn Money
We hope you enjoyed the presentation.
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One solution for immigration would be to improve the conditions in the countries that people immigrate from in the first place. If we improve opportunities in other countries, the United States would not be the ONLY "Land of Opportunity". If the government could improve other countries' economies, then many of the immigrants to the U.S. would also be going to other countries for opportunities, or even not have to immigrate in the first place. Even though this solution would be very effective it would take a long time to accomplish and it would be very complicated.
Education is a crucial role that is to be played in allowing people to see that immigration is not a bad concept. It will also allow immigrants to procure better jobs, better lives, and send money back to their impoverished families back in their home country. Many immigrants do not have a very good education, so it would be good if we could give them one to help them out and if we give an education to our own citizens, they might be able to see that immigrants are coming to our country for very good reasons.
Another possible solution to immigration is having an immigration reform. An immigration reform is when the United States tries to increase the legal immigrant population, but at the same time decrease the illegal immigrant population. In the reform, we will mainly decrease the illegal immigrant population by fixing border enforcement and making it easier to become a legal citizen. We will try to increase the legal immigrant population by changing the number of visas we can give immigrants and starting programs to help immigrants. An immigration reform could really help immigrants work here legally and would also help the United State's economy strive. The bad thing about having an immigration reform is that many people don't like the idea of making illegal immigrants legal, and would vote very strongly against it.
Cultural Changes through Immigration
Another solution to immigration is allowing all illegal immigrants in the U.S with no criminal records and steady jobs to become legal citizens. Along with this, we should also allow people from other countries to come here temporarily to work and return when they have enough money to provide for their families. This would remove the need for people to immigrate illegally so the U.S would save money on border security. It would also help many people rise out of poverty. Even though this solution would be really helpful it would be very complicated to make sure people only come in temporarily to work.