"The Pew Research Center's recent study concluding that the number of Asian immigrants moving to the United States now exceeds the number of Latinos hardly seems surprising to me or many of my fellow immigration attorneys. My law firm, Wildes & Weinberg P.C., which has focused exclusively on United States immigration matters for more than 50 years, has seen a dramatic uptick in the number...
Illegal Immigration and Reform
A common topic of conversation for many Americans concerns the origin and heritage of their ancestors. Whether it be about a Swedish grandfather who ditched the name of Johnson in order to get his mail, or the great-grandfather who emigrated from Germany during the Civil War and ended up fighting on the wrong side, almost every American has a unique and interesting past that revolves around one common issue: immigration.
Although immigration of the past may hold warm and friendly connotations for many Americans, discussions about present-day immigration revolve around the issue of illegal immigration. Over the last several decades, millions of people have entered the United States without permission. Many risk entering through illegal means in order to get jobs and earn higher wages for themselves and their families than they might otherwise in their own country. Many other immigrants become illegals by overstaying their visas and failing to return to their country of origin.
The debate over what to do with illegal immigrants is potent and not necessarily categorized neatly as a Left/Right political issue. Some Americans believe that our current immigration laws should be enforced through stronger border patrols, workplace raids, and deportation. Others believe that immigrants constitute a vital workforce for our economy, and that consequently reform is needed to make it easier for foreign workers to enter and remain in the country legally. Some suggest that complete and total amnesty is needed to fix America’s immigration problems, a position standing in stark contrast to those who argue that all immigration to the United States should be disallowed.
The proposed solutions to illegal immigration are vast and varied, and the issue is not likely to go away any time soon. In order to better prepare you to enter the debate, this library section provides information on the history, current reality, opinions and reform ideas regarding this issue.
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