State laws

However, some States insist on pushing legislation that does not necessarily conform to the US Constitutional protection discussed earlier. Some State laws are intended to limit the ability of the illegal immigrant to secure employment. Others are designed to give local law enforcement agencies the mandate to conduct inquiries on the status of an immigrant, legal or otherwise. This situation underscores the need to be critical about State legislation that violates the Bill of Rights provisions maintained above.

While the Supreme Court has had laudable attempts in declaring these pieces of State legislation as unconstitutional, the citizens also have to play a vital role in lobbying for reforms in the Federal level and even in local governance units. A third point is derived from the definition of “classes of nonimmigrant aliens” enumerated in the Immigration and Nationality Act. Diplomatic personnel, students in foreign exchange academic programs, sports athletes, media professionals, performing artists, ship and aircraft crew members, scientists and researchers, among others, are embraced in that definition.

There is a delineation regarding the nature of their legal status in the US, whether permanent or temporary, with nebulous concepts regarding their legality as individuals. From this definition, one can see the wide array of “aliens” from all over the world, who could make a significant impact on the economic, social and political spheres on American society. Rather than deporting these gifted individuals on inferior, unsubstantiated grounds of suspicion, the United States should cultivate approaches that could integrate them as regular, green card-carrying citizens.

James Root, an immigration attorney, recommends that: [A]pplicants should develop a strategy with their immigration attorney for gathering evidence documenting their experience and contributions to the [scientific research] field…diligently prepared and supplemented by all relevant evidence of the applicant's prior and present achievements…employment letter, employer support letter, employment verification letters, and expert opinion letters (Root Law Group). Applying for a legal immigrant worker status is a rigorous process that entails preparation and resources.

Aside from the recommendations of Atty. James Root, there are various factors that interplay to sometimes, push immigrants to make dangerous choices about seeking illegal means to enter the country. These can all be avoided by amending the present Immigration Nationalization Act and other pertinent laws; designing more responsive immigration programs; adhering to international protocols on the boundaries of States and ensuring that those who were once classified as illegal immigrants to eventually have the opportunity to secure a democratic legal process to legitimize their status.

For every American who is of foreign descent, there is an ancestor who, most probably, was an illegal immigrant, too. For every American who takes for granted the ease of job hunting, there is an immigrant who has to endure hardships to be granted the same employment opportunity. For every American who embarks on journeys to different countries without travel restrictions, there is an immigrant who has to contend with State scrutiny of his travel intentions.

For every freedom that this country denies to other human beings, there is a challenge posed by that lady holding up a torch, the Statue of Liberty: when we learn to treat others as humanely as we would like to be treated, in the spirit of international cooperation, that is only when we can truly say as a nation, that America is indeed, the land of the free.

Works Cited

“Immigration Nationalization Act. ” 8 U. S. Code. §101. 2002 Update. Online. 26 November 2007. <http://dtirp. dtra. mil/CBW/References/Regulations/Regulatory%20Documents/Public_Laws/PL82_414. pdf > “14th Amendment. ” The United States Constitution. 1995. Online. 26 November 2007. <http://www. usconstitution. net/> Plyler v. Doe, 457 U. S. 202 (1982) Root, James. “Employment Immigration: Outstanding Professors and Researchers. ” Root Law Group. 26 November 2007 http://www.4bilingual.com/mq_img/immigration/rootlaw/profs.htm