Bush’s 2004 Immigrant Law

Although the U. S. may eventually accept refugees within its territory, there should nevertheless be a “qualification” for those who are to fall under the category of “refugees” seeking to stay in American territory. This qualification may not necessarily be treated as discriminatory in nature but rather as a filter to false refugees such as international criminals operating in a vast number of countries. Further, this measure does not exactly amount to a discriminatory process since what it barely attempts at is to crucially remove the excesses of the immigrants whose intentions go against the general welfare and interest of the public.

This type of exception is primarily aimed at the subtraction of the possible dangers that may arise by granting total immigration methods. Possible threats such as violence in the localities of America spearheaded by no less than international syndicates and criminal groups is the main reason for the pursuit of exceptions to cases of immigration. This deliberate procedure is held through the intent of promoting the welfare both of the immigrants and the Americans living in the urban and rural areas of the country.

The extent of America’s responsibility The extent in which the government of America is required to provide for the necessities of the immigrants rests on the limits prescribed by its laws. Moreover, if the immigrants themselves eventually acquire full U. S. citizenship, then the government of America has the increased responsibility of looking after these immigrants as members of its national constituents. Further, even if the letter of the American laws may not explicitly and specifically prescribe the responsibilities of the U. S.

government towards these immigrants, these people should nevertheless be treated as human beings like those of the citizens who have inhabited U. S. territory and their family lineage for over decades already. As a political organization founded on the principles of democracy, an equal treatment and acknowledgment of the rights of the immigrants should be taken into consideration as well. For the most part, democratic principles abide by the principle that humanity in general should treat all persons equally before the eyes of the law and of the society whose basic rights have the synonymous bearing to the rest of the American population.

In an effort to fill the unoccupied jobs in America, President Bush has projected a new temporary worker scheme to correspond willing foreign laborers with willing American employers (Dobbs, 2004). This scheme is available to new foreign workers as well as undocumented employees in the U. S. for them to come out of hiding and eventually legally take part in the American economy while not advancing further illegal activities. Drawn by the principle that America is a welcoming nation, the scheme also serves as a recognition to the strength and diligence of the immigrants that have made the country thriving.

However, the current state of immigration in the U. S. has apparently shifted to a troublesome level as illegal immigration continues to take great weight in the illegal activities, including illegal immigrants working away from view that currently beset the country (Gheen, 2006). For example, some 4 million undocumented Mexicans inhabit American territory. As Mexico continues to obtain legal status for these individuals, the whole of the illegal immigration issue that beset America continues to expand as well (Krishnaswami, 2004).

The status of the efforts of the Bush administration in combating illegal immigration appears to tolerate the issue further in the sense that the efforts being pushed forward do not actually hit the core of the problem. In the end, what America might eventually harbor is an exceedingly high number of immigrants flocking in from the various corners of the globe. As the efforts do not address the very meat of the issue, it is expected that the decision of the Bush administration will further open the gates of America for the rest of the world.


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