Le Moyne College
12 December 2012
President Barack Obama once stated “"We are the first nation to be founded for the sake of an idea—the idea that each of us deserves the chance to shape our own destiny. That’s why centuries of pioneers and immigrants have risked everything to come here .The future is ours to win. But to get there, we cannot stand still." This quote literally and symbolically embodies the dream that America has sold and many have bought. America’s democratic ideals for centuries have placed an emphasis on the unalienable right of every individual to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. However, this dream has led to mass ...view middle of the document...
The legal kin must prove that they are a morally sound citizen and can provide financially for the incoming kin. This is especially important as the nation tries to fend off wards of the state. Unlike immigration in the 20th century, Today’s process is much more systematic. America’s initially open door policy only required a ticket. The modern procedure included medicals, passports, documents that regard one’s criminal backgrounds etc. The timing of the process can take a few years or a decade depending on the closeness of the kin. An individual can wait for years and comply with the procedures and still be denied a visa. This argument is trumped by a state’s right as a sovereign to protect the interests of its nation. The concept of backlogging of the system has also proven to be problematic especially with America regulation of immigration via quotas. The concept of quotas was introduced in the early 20th century. According to Roger Daniels in Two Cheers for Immigration, Senator Dillingham adapted a bill, which only would allow five percent of foreign born of each country to migrate (Daniel 19). In the Immigration Debate: Can politicians find a way to curb Illegal Immigration, Alan Greenblatt argues that quotas result in an increase of illegal immigrants. According to Greenblatt quotas only swelled the ranks of illegal immigrants particularly Mexicans, who needed only to wade across the Rio Grande River (Greenblatt 15). This was a measure to reduce to mass immigration legal but contributed to an influx of immigrants that are illegal. The five nations that suffer the most from quotas are Mexico, China, India, the Dominican Republic and the Philippines. The case of Mexico proves this point because although there strict quotas in place, Mexico contributes to the most amounts of illegals in the United States. Stick quotas and illegal immigration have an indirect relationship. Backlogging as a result of quotas can extend the process time an additional five years. The complications of the immigration process, its time periods and inability to serve as a guarantor results in individuals preferring the illegal route over the legal route.
The immigration process poses problematic because it leads to an increase of illegal immigrants. This increase results not only because of their preferred illegal entry and their means of entry. Because their entry was illegal opportunity of legalization becomes minute if not impossible. The Guest speaker Ali, who arrived from Senegal as a teenager addressed this issue. He stated that many illegals seek path ways to become legal but are constantly faced with this roadblock. This is as a result that they entered the country illegally via a fake name and with fake documents. Many are faced with the decisions to leave the country and adhere to the legal procedures or remain illegal. They chose to remain illegal since the immigration process is long and re-entrance is not guaranteed. A requirement of any path of...