The subject of how the U.S. government should enforce immigration laws has always been fragile. The current political climate does not make the topic any easier to discuss, especially given the fact that refugees are facing restrictions on coming to the country.
Many people favor enforcement through raids, citing the need to strictly adhere to immigration laws. Others feel raids are inhumane because they create fear and can tear families apart.
Most immigrants come to the United States to live better lives. Even immigrants who resort to criminal activity may have initially to come to the United States to pursue greatness.
The United States was built by slaves and immigrants. The nation thrives as a melting pot, a country that proudly welcomes immigrant groups of all backgrounds.
Immigrants have worked hard to make sure that their offspring are now significant contributors to society and have the chance to succeed.
Many immigrants have fulfilled the “American dream,” themselves, or made it possible for their children and their grandchildren. Various immigrant groups have worked tirelessly and continue to contribute to the nation’s culture.
Moreover, a lot of immigrants are employed in fields with less desirable work conditions, such as agriculture, animal slaughter, construction, grounds keeping and service work in which many U.S. citizens may have no interest.
This is not to say that all immigrants who arrive to the United States have limited skills. The country’s laws require professionals from other countries to be re-examined and, sometimes, repeat parts of their higher education to meet domestic standards. This practice occurs most often in the medical and engineering fields.
Businesses turn to foreign labor not just for cost-effectiveness but because they cannot find enough U.S. citizens who are willing to do the work.
Research on the relationship between undocumented citizens and the U.S. economy demonstrates that many of the jobs immigrant workers do remain paramount to the for-profit functioning of U.S. society.
The United States needs immigrants in order to flourish. For instance, within the farming and manufacturing industries alone, the total number of immigrant workers is astounding.
However, better immigration enforcement methods are necessary in order to avoid traumatizing those who are in pursuit of a better life. The U.S. government, no matter the price tag, should set up programs that make it easy for illegal immigrants to become U.S. citizens.
Illegal immigrants should be required to attend courses that teach them the basics of both the English language and U.S. history and culture. Immigrants who are enrolled in the program should also be ordered to do community service work for a minimum of three hours per week.
Immigrants who have legally gone through this process of becoming U.S. citizens would have an in-depth knowledge of U.S. civics.
Furthermore, the program should require immigrants to pay a bit more in taxes for the first few years in the country without the risk of deportation looming over their heads.
After some years, immigrants should automatically be eligible for U.S. citizenship, be able to file the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services form, get fingerprinted, attend a citizenship interview, participate in an oath ceremony and become a U.S. citizen. Such a program would greatly expedite the process of assimilation and registration as a U.S. citizen.
If some immigrants choose not to comply with this equalizing government program, clear warnings should be dispensed, informing them of the consequences. These consequences can include raids and possible deportation in order to ensure efficacy. Only after a fair amount of warnings have been issued should the U.S. government be allowed to conduct immigration raids.
Moving forward, law enforcement should let current, non-criminal, illegal immigrants stay in the country and deport the ones who have committed high crimes, while rolling out immigration reforms.