immigrants faced discrimination, they were able to come to the United States in huge numbers until the 1920’s. The Asian immigrants who were excluded much earlier took the quotas of less desirable immigrants. Ethnic pluralism suggested a common denominator just before the incidence of both world wars and climbed higher after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The settlement of racial disputes and embracing the principles set forth in the Constitution of the United States later idealized kinship by blood or culture in a foreign land as part of the new and distinct civilization of the United States.
The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 raised alarm bells among the American populace with profound question of susceptibility to such attacks that claimed the lives of thousands. Threats to national security and the lax border regulations renewed the question of what to do with the numerous legal immigrants and how to drive away the illegal immigrants back to where they came from. At any rate, a vast majority is tormented with the ultimate question on how to deal with this sensitive issue. Varied responses and arguments will lead us all to form our own opinion on the best approach to address this top-priority issue.
Tancredo according to The Hill called for three amendments to be added to the platform on immigration against illegal aliens namely: “no driver’s license; no amnesty and agreement with Mexico on access to Social Security”. He has labeled “the massive immigration combined with cult multiculturalism as perhaps the most dangerous thing he could think of”. As the most outspoken chairman of Congress’s immigration reform he “favors the military patrolling the national borders, arrest and deportation of illegal aliens in the country and curbing legal immigration as well”.
Just as quickly as Tancredo proposed the three amendments, the platform committee voted down all three. President Bush according to the Denver Post proposed amnesty similar to the 1986 amnesty that granted a fraudulent “free-for-all” grant to 3 million legalized people including Mahmud Abouhalima, who was convicted in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. A “guest-worker program” that the government proposed chose to admit workers with willing employers for jobs that American won’t do. Denver Post reasoned that “the importation of workers and exportation of jobs, some 14. 5 million people are underemployed and unemployed”.
They further expounded “that the current population even without an increase in immigration levels will still caused a doubling of people within the lifelines of the kids born today”. The Center for Immigration Studies also believed “on the adoption to put pressure on illegal immigrants so that more of them leave and fewer new ones would come”. They cited that “the proximate reason for Bush’s allowing aliens in the country is politically motivated on the premise that Hispanics which accounts for the highest number of aliens’ vote would cloud the better judgment of the sensible people”.
As controversies widened the chasm between the separatists and reformists, passage of Sensenbrenner’s Immigration Enforcement Bill dubbed as H. R. 4437 passed the House of Representatives by a 239-182 vote on Dec. 16, 2005 with the aim to improve the nation’s ability to control rampant illegal immigration. The main focus was the 700-mile security fencing at the southern border of the country similar to the highly effective barrier in the San Diego area. The bill also “calls for the implementation of an electronic verification system for employers to ensure hiring only of legal residents”.
Stiff fines await the violating employer while aliens themselves face stiffer penalties for going against US immigration laws. Illegal entry will be treated as a felonious act and punishable by law. Border advocacy groups were a bit relieved on the passage of H. R. 4437 which included amnesty to guest worker provisions. While the focus is now shifted to the Senate which must also pass immigration enforcement bill before final signature from the President, mass demonstrations were held weekly last March.