23. Immigration – A Broken System
Immigration in the United States is a complicated
controversial issue. Since the founding of the country
have come from different countries in search of
better life and opportunities. Immigration laws, however, are
changing and are complicated. This leads to many
coming into the U.S. without proper legal status.
some people call immigrants who come and stay
the U.S. without the proper papers "illegals", many
this term offensive. The more acceptable term is "
" since they do not have the correct legal
It is estimated that there are more than
million undocumented people in the Unites States. While
people will say there is no reason for
to be undocumented in the U.S., there are
on the amount of Green Cards, or legal
resident cards, people from certain countries can get.
are also long waiting lists, up to 14
in some cases, for people coming from certain
, to apply for legal status in the U.S.
there are a limited amount of visas, or
, for people coming into the U.S. with manual
skills. Millions of undocumented people have been deported,
sent back to their country of origin under
In 2013, the U.S. Senate passed an
reform bill. The law adds extra border security
the U.S.-Mexico border, and also makes it easier
immigrants to become citizens. The bill, which also
to be approved by the House of Representatives,
not yet been presented or voted on by
. Because of this, many are asking President Obama
take action to protect some of the undocumented,
of whom have been in the U.S. for
years and have children that are U.S. citizens.