Immigration Today

Every year, hundreds of thousands of immigrants, legal and illegal, from around the world, come to the United States. These immigrants come because they want a chance at a better life; others are refugees, escaping persecution and civil wars in their home country. Many people believe the United States is the best place to go. There is more freedom, protection, and benefits, which seems like a good deal to immigrants. But the large number of immigration is affecting the current citizens of the United States. Taxpayers are forced to pay for the welfare and schooling for many of these immigrants, some who are illegal aliens. Some citizens believe that immigration can be hazardous to the environment. Others blame crime, poverty, and overpopulation on immigration. About sixty-eight million immigrants have been added to the United States since 1970, and it is estimated that 130 million people will be added over the next fifty years. The government has tried somewhat to restrict immigration but the laws are still too lenient. Nearly every other advanced country in the world is moving quickly towards stabilized population or has already achieved it. The United States is moving towards it very slowly. This country would have to reduce immigration down to 255,000 a year to do this (Beck 1). If nothing is done to stabilize the immigration to this country, what will become of population in the next decade? The population will continue to grow even faster - not due to births, but to massive immigration to this country. Immigration can become a serious problem to this country if the government does not produce stricter laws.
The government must restrict immigration laws because of overpopulation of the United States. Immigration has been affecting America’s population for over two hundred years now. Back in the 1800’s, immigration was encouraged so that the New World could become prosperous. Today, some citizens have been worrying about how many more immigrants the United States can take in, while others do not really care because employers would rather pay lower wages to new immigrants or immigration does not seem to be affecting them in any way. It is impossible to stop all immigrants from coming to the United States, but the government can restrict the immigration laws to a certain extent (Kalla 2). Granting United States citizenship to children of illegal aliens is one problem that needs to be solved. Many pregnant illegal immigrant women wait to cross into the United States when they are ready to deliver their child (Roleff). They want to gain citizenship to their child so that the mother also will gain the right to immigrate to this country.
Chain migration is another concern for immigration laws. This is when married sons or daughters, or married sisters or brothers’ permits the spouses’ extended families to immigrate to the country. So, for example, a woman from the United States marries an immigrant, the immigrants’ relatives are allowed to immigrate to this country also. This should not be allowed to take place. Each and every individual immigrant should be required to find his or her own way into the United States. An illegal immigrant mother should not automatically gain rights once her child is born on United States soil as a United States citizen. This should be considered a fraud against the United States government. The Immigration Law of 1996 helped move toward this goal. The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act authorized funding to increase the number of border patrol agents (Cozic). It also increased penalties for those who smuggle illegal aliens into the country and those who use fraudulent documentation. Although this has been done, illegal aliens are still finding their way across borders to a find better job and life. There is still awhile to go until the United States reaches a stabilized population
Over one million immigrants come to the United States annually. To add to this, immigrants have shown to have a higher birthrate than native-born Americans do. One-third of annual population growth of the United States now is from immigration. Twenty to twenty-five percent are illegal aliens or about 200,000 (Andryszewski 87). Illegal aliens cause a strain on welfare and health care facilities, not to mention more unwanted population. For