The definition of immigration is; the international movement of individuals who are not natives or do not possess citizenship to settle, reside, study or to take up employment in another state or country without further permission.

In the United States, immigration has been a significant source of population growth and cultural change throughout much of the history of the United States. Nearly every American has ancestry from other countries and cannot claim sole descent to the lands known as America. The economic, social, and political aspects of immigration have caused controversy regarding ethnicity, economic benefits, jobs for non-immigrants, settlement patterns, impact on upward social mobility, crime, and voting behavior.

Immigration is done either legally (i.e., applying for and obtaining a visa, green card, or resident card) or illegally (i.e., crossing the border without permission or not leaving when their immigration status has expired or been revoked. Some people say that illegal immigration benefits the US economy through additional tax revenue, expansion of the low-cost labor pool, and increased money in circulation. They contend that immigrants bring good values, have motivations consistent with the American dream, perform jobs that Americans will not take and that opposition to immigration stems from racism. Opponents of illegal immigration say that people who break the law by crossing the US border without proper documentation or by overstaying their visas should be deported and not rewarded with a path to citizenship and access to social services. They argue that people in the country illegally are criminals and social and economic burdens to law-abiding, tax-paying Americans. But, which way is the best and correct way to deal with immigration?

Most Americans are either immigrants or descendants of immigrants. While securing our boards from criminals and terrorists is required. I do not believe the way the current administration is doing it, is the best way. I believe that ICE needs to be reinforced to help patrol the borders. Those crossing the border should be detained, and those with children need to be housed together. We need to build detention centers for families and hire more judges to hear cases at each center.


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