Why is the issue of immigration such a highly contentious one in this

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  1. gmwilliams profile image83
    gmwilliamsposted 9 years ago

    society?  The issue is illegal immigration, not legal immigration.  Many people are pro-legal immigration but illegal immigration, for whatsoever reasons, seem to create more problems for this society.  Let discuss this.

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      Old Poolmanposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      We all know that illegal happens and is still happening.  If I was one who had gone through the long, difficult, and expensive process of legally immigrating, I would be quite upset.
      A large part of illegal immigration can be blamed on our own government for making the process so lengthy, frustrating, and expensive.
      Some claim the illegal immigrants drain our welfare system by receiving benefits they are not entitled to.  Others claim they contribute more to our society than they take away from it.  I honestly don't know which is true.
      If we are to ever stop or slow down illegal immigration, we need to streamline the process used to allow legal immigration.  It couldn't be that hard to do if they would just sit down, do their jobs, and rewrite the process.

    2. wilderness profile image96
      wildernessposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Illegal "immigration" comes almost exclusively from those unable to support themselves in their own country or, when following the law, in this country either.  The monetary cost is large, regardless of claims to the contrary.

      Illegal aliens flout the law in a myriad of ways, and that cannot be a good thing.  We are a nation of laws, after all.

      A great many people find that we as a nation are morally obligated to feed and support the world, or at least as many as can sneak through our porous borders.  And not just food, but educate, house, provide medical care and in general total support.  Others do not and this causes a great deal of discontent and anger.

  2. Wayne Brown profile image82
    Wayne Brownposted 9 years ago

    The process of illegal immigration gained its momentum by our own government looking the other way while migrant agricultural workers entered the country for seasonal work.  Out west, they seemed to come and go at will without a lot of problems.  Wilderness makes a strong point in that many of those who are here illegally have done so because there is no hope for their existence in their homeland thus they have nothing to lose.  That is not to say that they desire to become citizens of the USA but to say this is the only place they can get to from their country in which they can make a living and subsist.  At the job level, I think it is fair to say that the bulk of them are doing types of labor that the American worker is no longer interested in doing which creates a cottage labor industry that becomes "necessary" to some aspects of our economy like agriculture, landscaping, and some food processing jobs.  Those employers favor ignoring the presence of these illegals in order to keep a workforce in place.  Politicians have answered that call in many cases in the past.  How we deal with the current illegals or any future ones is of no consequence to how we effectively deal with border security.  Our elected officials want us to believe that the two concepts go hand in hand but they do not.  Security is a stand alone issue with two switch positions...we either secure the border or we sustain the status quo.  To address the process of any type citizenship-related amnesty without effective border security in place is to put out a call for more illegals to flood our borders in the future.  If we locked down our borders tight and the current 15 million continue in their current status, what harm does the country suffer other than the cost of increased border security.  Don't tell me that it is a loss of tax revenue because many of these people are already paying income taxes and not getting any of that money back.  It is not about citizenship because far too many of them do not desire it...they just want the status quo.  In truth, this is not about the desires of the illegals, it is about the desires of politicians trying to pad the voter rolls with "legalized citizens".  If we are to have a nation with a respected citizenship process, then we cannot prostitute it with a perceived amnesty which flies in the face of those who have worked and earned their citizenship in a legal fashion. ~WB

  3. Uninvited Writer profile image77
    Uninvited Writerposted 9 years ago

    Because immigrants, legal and illegal are the scapegoat for many.

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      Old Poolmanposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Without a little further explanation, your comment makes little or no sense.  That could be a very interesting topic if you would care to elaborate a little.


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