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What are the Issues on Immigration?

Updated on January 9, 2014
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What are the Issues on Immigration?

Volume 5, Issue 2, January 8, 2013

People who are dreamers or immigration reform supporters rely on the factual information and numbers provided by the state’s economy and development when it comes to supporting immigration reform. The other issue’s brought about by the institution of immigration reform is the constitutionality of the laws that were enacted by immigration reform opposition, as well as, those who are supporters of immigration reform. These are some of the dilemmas that congress will have to face in order to make a decision on immigration reform.

Sometime back I wrote a piece on constitutional law that I would like to share with you in this series issue of Growing Up Latina and the issues both Latino’s and non-Latinos are facing today in our current political environment. I want you to have a view of both sides of the issues for the supporters and the opposition to Immigration reform.

Here is an article or letter in support:



By Aida Garcia

The constitution provides civil liberty and protections for all people whether or not they are natural citizens of this nation. The INTER AMERICAN COURT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, Volume 7, Constitutional law was established to hear cases that violate human rights for all non-citizens. Its panel of Justices includes people from different nations to reach a justified manner of assembly and decisions that affect all people, and practice the laws to eliminate doubts and cultural differences between countries and within the U.S. Borders...

Once a person sets foot in American territories the protections are kicked in, and the protocol for civil rights and protections are the laws that take effect.

We have the right to VOICE our opinions ON PUBLIC POLICY IN APPROPRIATE FORUMS and take action when our civil liberties have been threatened.

During the Civil Rights Movement many made a choice to fight for all people not only blacks or Latinos, this had a dramatic impact on our lives, at the time there were many discriminatory acts TAKING PLACE that opposed civility and allowed discrimination in our courts and way of life. It was the same for those who were in those civil protests for fair wages for the United Farm Workers wages and housing; it was being voiced in public in regard to wages and housing by the late civil rights leader, Cesar Chavez, who fought for Civility within the employment arena across the state of California.

In Arizona, the Archbishop also assisted in employment rights for all people and Pope Paul spoke to the Archbishop of Arizona to educate Latino people in regard to employment issues and how to defend their rights.

During the Chavez/Farmworker movement it also affected the produce and the food consumption infrastructure or food industry. One of our primary basic needs (Food).

Some states are not acknowledging the Constitutional and Civil laws instituted by our government. The laws were enacted for the purpose of liberty.

The voice of the people has been silenced when the laws of the nation are not utilized. When you think of your rights and what is occurring at present, can you be satisfied with the current circumstances? This is a vital concern when you exercise your rights and vote. To choose a candidate with incoherent views is unconscionable where our primary rights are in jeopardy.

As what is written in the constitution, we are all given rights within the Declaration of Independence and I quote “We are given certain unalienable rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” (7-1776) Declaration of Independence.

The formulation of our government was established in Prudence with the rights of all citizens and non-citizens alike. We were once part of the rule of Great Britain our English brothers and sisters are considered immigrants.

It is obvious that we are generational descendants and that we are all part of America. Wherein, Article 9 of the Declaration of Independence (7-1776) also mentions migration into our borders, as an acknowledgement of the environment.

This is where commerce and revenue were abundant needless to say, and unfortunately where the trade of human beings took place in our ports. So when asked about descendants and racial background this article confirms that our country is one of multi-cultural races and backgrounds. We do have a place in America, because we are all America!

I think the contributions of people that were non-citizens or descendants of non-citizens have benefited our nation and should definitely be considered in context of immigration reform.

The people below represent a very small number of non-citizens and descendants of non-citizens who contributed to our great country:

  • President Barack Obama is a descendant of African lineage.
  • Dr Medrazo contributed to this nation with a Parkinson’s disease Cure and he was a Mexican National.
  • Dr. Cuartecasas contributed to Mental Health cures and aided in Cancer and Parkinson's disease cures.
  • Cesar Chavez contributed to the civil rights of farm workers in the employment arena and this was crucial in our nation wherein consumption of food and distribution was vital.
  • Martin Luther King contributed to this nation to enforce the rights of all people.
  • Justice Scalia enforces the laws of this nation and sits on the Supreme Court and is a descendant of Italian descent.
  • Dr. Deepak Chopra contributed Quantum Healing and brought Traditional concepts of all cultures to heal diseases in the medical field.
  • Pope Paul and the Archbishop of Arizona (PBS, Sunday 9-21-08) Logan Heights Community and other communities 1970, Contributed a Recreational Park, Chicano Park.
  • Justices Antonio Scalia and Stephen Breyer gave speeches on Foreign and Constitutional law regarding a “Global Legal Consensus” on Constitutional law and what other countries in the world view our Constitution. Volumes 1, 4, 5. (Jurisprudence)

I am sure there is a list of many who shaped and gave freely of themselves by every and all nationalities in the United States, to have made a positive impact on our nation.

Opposition to Immigration Reform

Some of the opposition that we have heard and have not heard in the media or on the congressional floor is securing the borders, keeping out criminal activity, and also staying in tradition with bordering countries laws, treaties, and migration issues.

Presidential & Personal Views

So why do we have to secure our borders? Most say it is to keep the criminal element into invading our country. But, quite frankly, this is not possible, because some people have already found their way across our borders. But let’s be realistic in the facts, the criminal element really does not have an interest in coming to the United States, just look at what is currently in border towns; and being treated like a second class citizen, or nothing at all, is not what they want. The criminal element in Mexico wants to stay in their home state where they know about its citizens and business in the area.

So what does the political leaders in Mexico say about this and do they want their citizens crossing the border into the United States? Unfortunately, President Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico does not want to state that freely that there would be mutual economic benefits for both countries however, he has actually stated that he wants to stay out of the limelight and sidelines when it comes to the U.S. immigration debate. But, President Vicente Fox was much more vocal and forthcoming and stated there would be changes in the quest worker program, and improvements to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), as well as the economic climate that would benefit both countries (

So how about Canada? According to the Speaking Notes for The honorable Prime Minister Jason Kenney, P.C., Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturism, Ensuring the success of Canadian citizens in allowing them to free up promotions and take them to new and more responsibility and skill levels for their citizens, allowing non-citizen or immigrant positions in the economy would benefit both non-citizens and citizens alike. First and foremost is the issue of the economy on the minds of Canadians, and the Prime Minister has made it clear that the Canadian government continues to maintain its generosity and openness to newcomers, and that Canada is a leader in the World of a land of opportunity (

Keep in mind it is not only Mexico who has their citizens crossing into the United States.

According to a report in Bloomberg BusinessWeek on May 2, 2013 there was a reported half trillion dollars in goods and trade that the two countries exchanged in the last year, including money sent to and from Mexico into and out of the United States. It is reported that the United States has about 6.5 million Mexicans living in the U.S. where there incomes could affect the economy in the estimated amount of $1.7 billion dollars. But the reported estimation is and could be much greater and be in the trillion of dollar range according to the newest statistical data.


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      Old Poolman 4 years ago

      I feel that every country has the right to know who has entered their country. With the terrorist threats that is even more important now than it ever was. I wish we could just forget about borders but that is not possible in today's world. Open borders would be mutually beneficial to our neighbors in Canada and in Mexico.