THE PLAN OF AMNESTY:
The Solution to Illegal Immigration
ENG 102: Composition II
February 10, 2012
The Plan of Amnesty
How much would it cost to put 10 Million people in busses or airplanes and ship them back to their countries of origin? Is there a better way to deal with illegal immigration in the United States? Is the answer a strict and enforceable amnesty, allowing illegal immigrants to report themselves in order to achieve legal status, or is mass deportation of the estimated 10 million illegal aliens living in the U.S. the solution? A well laid-out, simplified, yet fair and enforceable amnesty plan could solve the multi-billion dollar battle of amnesty, ...view middle of the document...
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) currently “detains nearly 400,000 immigrants per year at a cost of nearly $1.8 billion” (Greenblatt, 2010). Detaining thousands of immigrants who do not pose an outright threat to the country or community has many groups in a financial and humanitarian uproar.
Illegal immigration and the lack of strong laws enforced by the US government have prompted many states to begin drafting immigration laws within themselves. Arizona passed a very strong law that basically and very simply enforces “failure to carry immigration documents a crime and gives police broad powers to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally” (Greenblatt, 2010). South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Michigan and Illinois have all begun to implement similar laws to Arizona as they feel Congress has not taken a strong enough stance. Lawmakers are calling for help in patrolling and controlling their borders as they feel it will ensure the safety and economy of their state.
Many people, especially politicians such as Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, will say that amnesty is not the answer but so few give actual solutions to the constant illegal immigration debate. This has resulted in a virtual stand-still in the progress of dealing with the issue is a major reason that no good solution to illegal immigration has been found. Many people feel amnesty is going too easy on illegal aliens yet deportation is costly and inhumane, so where is the middle ground?
What is amnesty? Most people hear amnesty and think that this would be allowing illegal immigrants to be forgiven for illegally entering the United States and achieving legal status even after doing so. This is not fully accurate and the topic can be quite blurred. Not everyone is aware of the full definition or the plans that President Obama and the US Amnesty Organization have outlined. The current proposed immigration amnesty plan would forgive the estimated 12 to 20 million illegal aliens currently living in the US for entering the country illegally, using false documents to drive and gain employment and give them a clear way to become legal citizens. President Obama feels this would strengthen relations with Mexico and bring people out of hiding. The plan is summarized as “a system that requires undocumented immigrants who are in good standing to pay a fine, learn English, and go to the back of the line for the opportunity to become citizens” (Jost, 2009). The hope is also to reduce the number of illegal immigration-related crimes and hopefully create a safer border for everyone.
In what is seen as a cautious step towards amnesty, the cities of Denver and Baltimore are reviewing thousands of deportation cases to determine which illegal immigrants might stay in the country - perhaps indefinitely - so officials can reduce a huge backlog by focusing mainly on detainees with criminal backgrounds or who are deemed threats to national...