Policy Analysis I
October 7th, 2013
Policy Analysis I
The constant battle of illegal immigration is a major issue in the United States that has been a constant issue for many years. The issues of illegal immigration are described as the migration of foreign citizens into the United States of America. This is done through illegal routes, such as hiding on boats porting in the United States, crossing through miles of treacherous terrain illegally to jump the borders of Mexico, and violating the agreement of a tourist visa as well as illegally boarding planes bound for the United States. It is a known fact that the men and women who enter this country do not meet the legal ...view middle of the document...
The known requirements that an approved visa is mandatory for those entering this country, but fail to comply with the current orders and directives.
A big issue in illegal immigration can be seen in both California and Texas showing an influx of 2.6 million illegal immigrants in California and 1.7 million in Texas in 2010 alone (Zarazua, 2011). In focusing on Texas, “The number of people caught crossing the border illegally in Texas rose from 125,000 in fiscal 2009 to 225,548 as of Sept. 19 – just two weeks before the end of fiscal 2013. That represented an 80.4 percent increase over the five-year period” (Li, 2013, para. 2). As seen, the illegal immigration problem is a major issue in Texas and ranks second highest in the United States. “Illegal immigration into the United States is massive in scale. More than 10 million undocumented aliens currently reside in the U.S., and that population is growing by 700,000 per year” (Kane, 2006, The Real Problem).
The growing problems with illegal immigration in the United States not only affect economics and social issues but also affect those citizens not readily involved with government agenda. According to "Federation for American Immigration Reform" (n.d.), “Illegal aliens are divided into two categories; those who crossed the border illegally and those who entered with visas as nonimmigrants and stayed illegally” (How did Illegal Aliens Arrive: Without Inspection or With Visas? (2011)).
It is known throughout the news that millions of American citizens are presently unemployed or reaching dangerous levels of unemployment. The American Labor Unions are in place to help these American; however, the opposite is occurring by these unions lobbying with Congress to grant illegal immigrants amnesty and to stop enforcing laws that stop employers from hiring illegal workers. This is an issue for American citizens of the United States. According to "Geek Politics" (2013):
“The problem with illegal immigrants is not that they are here using our resources. The problem is that they are using our resources without contributing anything. America as a country was completely built on immigrants. There is nothing wrong with the idea of immigration. The problem comes when people do it illegally. They use our hospitals and our schools without paying taxes or getting health insurance” (para. 1).
The issue stands that American citizens perceive that illegal immigrates are benefiting from health care, education, and other public services without giving anything back to the country in return.
Legislative-Initiated Policy and the Issues with that Policy
“The legislative branches are the U.S. Congress on the federal level, the various general assemblies on the state level, and the town councils or township trustees on the local level. The reason the legislative branch is so powerful is that they create the policies and put them into place” (Marion & Oliver, 2006, p. 69). As described by Marion, the legislative...