Immigration is an issue that sparks varying attitudes among people. People have been migrating since time immemorial and this is mostly for various reasons ranging from search for peace as well as greener pastures be they social or economical. There is however a clear distinction between illegal immigrants and legal immigrants and hence the argument that the two ought to be treated differently. The US like other developed countries has imposed harsh policies against immigrants and precisely the illegal immigrants.
These policies are therefore surrounded by intensive debates with some for the idea that illegal immigrants ought to be treated like human beings and consequently their fundamental rights should be respected. Opponents of this view point cite security concerns as well as competition over scarce public utilities as the major reasons for treating immigrants harshly. Proponents of fair treatment of the illegal immigrants argue that the immigrants can be harnessed to benefit the country in trying to exploit the available resources.
Immigration is an issue that has political, social as well as economical implications and is therefore a very serious matter. I therefore consider the current anti immigration policies as critical issues that ought to be addressed amicably. A cost benefit analysis should be carried out so that the appropriate move is taken. It beats logic for any government to engage in a costly and inefficient approach in solving the issue of undocumented immigrants. The potential gains should by far outweigh the costs involved in the strategy taken or selected.
Most immigrants including the Asian Americans were attracted into the US by its economic status. People mostly migrate into the US to seek for greener pastures as an effort of trying to lead better lives. They aim at uplifting their families well being. There is a strong belief the immigrants create or rather exert much pressure on social amenities like hospitals and public schools and that if they are allowed to continue flocking the country there would be intensive overcrowding. Arnaud de Borchgrave and Harlan Ullman in their article, Illegal Immigrants Drain U.
S. Economy bring about the argument that immigrants create competition in the job market is however quite debatable. This is attributed to the fact that unlike the natives and other whites most immigrants are not able to acquire quality education and consequently end up in semi skilled jobs which are not attractive to the whites. Asian Americans immigrants are viewed as terrorists who pose a threat to the country’s security. Consequently tough measures like deportation are imposed on them.
In his book, the immigrant as criminal: Punishing dreamers Bill Hing explains how offering assistance to the immigrants is also criminalized in the US. He further argues that this approach negates from the fundamental human rights and is hence inhuman. Employees must verify their eligibility before they can offer jobs through the set verification systems and this makes them face many challenges as they struggle to survive. The verification systems according to the Asian American Justice Center would be a threat to their job security.
Due to language barriers that appear to be a serious issue among people of Asian origin, the effectiveness as well as efficiency of the verification process would be questionable. Again, the mere fact that some Asian Americans may not be well conversant with the administrative procedures the process may not be very accurate. Cultural barriers are also cited as being a barrier to the success of the verification procedure. The results would also be affected by the fact that legal immigrants as well as native born Asian Americans would influence the figures. (Asian American Justice Center).
It is quite unfortunate that instead of assisting people who are out to make ends meet the best offers they get is harsh treatment and condemnation on the mere argument that they pose security threats. To my opinion deportation does not appear to be a viable solution to the problems that immigrants face. It only sees them back to the places they migrated from because they did not provide opportunities that would enable them lead decent lives. Returning to the same places without improving the conditions to make them more favorable does not assist them at all.
In any case it is a condemnation to poverty. Both Clinton and Obama, presidential aspirants in the US agree that the deportation of immigrants would not amicably solve the problem of undocumented or alien citizens. They both argue that deportation of 11 to 12 million undocumented immigrants would have detrimental effects on the country. For them, assimilating the immigrants by offering them citizenship would be a better approach. Clinton argues that deportation and criminalizing even the mere assistance to immigrants would be acting against what America actually believes in.
This way it would be exercising double standards. The Council of Economic Advisers in the Economic Report of the President supports this school of thought too. According to them, immigrants can be of great and positive effect in any economy and deportation would negatively interfere with the productivity rates of any economy. They also argue that there has so far been no evidence that immigrants pose a job insecurity threat to the natives and therefore the concerns are uncalled for. (112)