Immigration Policy: The Barely Open Door

In its effort to solve the problems brought about by immigration such as violence, poverty, housing deterioration, acculturation, etc. the American government tried to control the number of immigrants by establishing quotas. However, the figure exceeded more and more and to add much dismay, illegal immigrants multiplied, thereby worsening the scenario. The implementation of policies mentioned by the author seemed to help only to minimize the entry of immigrants who were willing to secure legal papers while the illegal immigrants increased incessantly.

As we can note from the text, the government has exhausted efforts to take control of the number of immigrants but what it could have missed was to focus on the key problems not with regard to contemporary immigrants but with illegal immigrants. While the government is right in considering quotas that relate to skills, race/origin, and status, it may also be wise to look into the problems surrounding the issue. By dealing directly with these problems, the government might be able to take further steps from revising and implementing immigration policies.

First, the problem that occurs is not centered on the implementation of immigration policies. What the government faces is the problem brought about by illegal immigrants. These illegal immigrants are the ones who tend to take cheap labors because for one, they do not pay taxes, and two, they are not registered with the government as to their skills, education, and adaptability. In accepting cheap labor, they are the ones who make the natives unemployed and so some natives strive hard to find jobs somewhere else like Thailand, China, and other Asian countries.

This way, the investment that the U. S. had for them is not returned but passed on to other nations they educate. Second, instead of trying to reformulate policies and ensuring their enforcement, the government should take into consideration what it can do to its people to increase their productivity. One area that should be given attention is education. By ensuring quality education, it can similarly address the problem of unemployment among its people.

It is sad that while America maintains its niche in the area of globalization, it is also in great need of educators in almost all areas of specialization. This reflects the incapacity of the natives or the immigrants to take professional jobs such as teaching which would thus encourage a higher rate of immigration, and as mentioned above, the choice of the natives to get employed in other countries which may provide better employment opportunities. Third, alleviating illegal immigration is a matter concerning security.

It is important to ask, “? re security forces enough to solve the problem of illegality”” In the same way“ “Has security been lax in dealing with illegal aliens? If the answer to this is uncertain, then the government should take adamant step    Fourth, with the prevailing problem of illegality, the government may also consider what other countries have done—to cut back on immigration rate and as Japan does, accept workers with limited contracts. It is clear that the U. S.

is in great need of skilled and even professional workers but not of additional immigrants who would play redundant roles. Finally, while immigrants have contributed a lot to economic stability, they also raise issues of national security as mentioned in the text. Although for now cultural diversity may help arouse consciousness and political freedom, time might come when the white population would be outnumbered, which could result in adversity of national views and social unrest.

In addition, the structure of families would all the more be affected with multicultural influence if the problem is not solved. Therefore, it is necessary for legislators to start considering steps to delimit the approval of immigrants.

Reference Migration Policy Institute. (2007). Japanese Immigration Policy: Responding to Conflicting     Pressures. Retrieved November 23, 2007, Migration Information Source Web site:     http://www. migrationinformation. org/Profiles/display. cfm? ID=487