The United States is the home to many nations since no other country in the world can claim the existence of every nation’s physical representation in culture and language. This socio-cultural diversity may have aided in America’s evolution as a consistently and economically stable nation. By chance this is a valuable gift of freedom that Americans enjoy and has provided a constant lure for foreign individuals wishing to find a better life in a promise land according to Croly (1965).
For other nationalities, living in a highly urbanized society with modern amenities has increased America’s appeal that has consequently resulted to an increasing immigrant population. The last 175 years our history would accommodate lengthy facts of multinational immigration that has exponentially risen. Current data would likely reveal that every American citizen can trace his lineage back to an immigrant ancestry. The arrival of different nationalities has sparked concerns of political sovereignty that Theodore Roosevelt and Israel Zangwill’s referred to as the “Melting Pot” drama back in the 1900’s.
The initial influx of immigrants during the period who wished to create allegiance to the United States consisted of immigrants from Europe. Soon huge number of Asian immigrants formed settlements that created racial disputes. In their effort to idealize and practice their own culture in a foreign land they eventually formed their own distinct civilization inside the United States. The terrorist attacks have however raised the susceptibility and vulnerability of the American populace as threats to national security and lax border regulations renewed the question of how to protect itself against terrorism and the influx of illegal immigrants.
To date, the 20th century has catered to a population expansion of 270 million inhabitants as revealed by Census Studies (1999) and in Pimentel’s Population Dynamics (2000); making it the world’s third largest country in terms of population. Every year, the population grows to half a million due to higher life expectancies and equally low infant mortality rates according to Pimentel. The rising numbers reflected a still growing population which is just one fourth of what it used to be just over a century ago. Rothstein (2005) also provided that illegal immigration accounts for at least one-third percent of the increasing population.
Separatists’ movement advocates breaking loose the cultural groups and driving illegal immigrants away at any cost while the Reformists adheres to peaceful legislature of laws for national reform according to Sensenbrenner(2005). At any rate however, the vast majority is tormented with the ultimate question on how to deal with this sensitive issue. But the common goal of easing the country from the confines of a booming population and the effects that comes along with it should be every American individual’s main concern disregarding any political ambitions and machinations for reality.
In 2004, Tancredo called for three amendments to be added to the platform against illegal aliens, his main push was a “no driver’s license; no amnesty and agreement with Mexico on access to Social Security” according to Rothstein (2004). Tancredo explained that a massive immigration combined with cult multiculturalism is perhaps the most dangerous thing. He endorsed particularly a move to actively patrol the national borders, arrest and deportation of illegal aliens in the country and curbing legal immigration.
Krikorian (2004) and Camarota (2006) also believed that there is a need to put pressure on illegal immigrants so that more of them would leave and fewer ones would come. However the delicate issue of illegal immigration requires a multi-faceted approach. Certain jobs in the US are often shunned by the American people and are filled in by cultural minorities according to a Nursing Program for Minorities (2005). The recruitment of minorities benefits hospital administration since they tend to have less access to healthcare and disproportionate rate of illness compared to traditionally white workers.