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  1. Introduction
  2. Illegal immigrants in US
  3. The pro-amnesty campaign
  4. Amnesty
  5. Conclusion

The contentious concept of amnesty for illegal immigrants in US is one that is deep rooted in the history and culture of the American nation, a fact authenticated by the fundamental foundation of the nation by early European immigrants and ?melting point? phenomena.

The word amnesty, which bases its origin from Greek, connotes the act of restoring an incriminated person to innocence (Borjas 1). However, the avant-garde connotation in legal terms depicts a situation where, a country permits illegal aliens to seek permanent residence or citizenship. In US, an individual becomes an illegal alien by the virtue of violating US national immigration laws and policies by entering the country without authorization, without proper and necessary legal approval or by the virtue of overstaying on ending acquiesced period.

The debate over amnesty to illegal and undocumented aliens in US still seethes. Both proponents and opponents have continued to substantiate their controversial and conflicting viewpoints based on assumption as well as facts. However, the debate on the concept does not stem from the basis of morality or unlawfulness but rather is confounded based on the effect it has on the country's economy, taxation policies, politics, social issues, and employment. Moreover, analysts quip that opposition to amnesty and immigration bases, not on the said issues, but on racism.

[...] The debate over amnesty to illegal and undocumented aliens in US still seethes. Both proponents and opponents have continued to substantiate their controversial and conflicting viewpoints based on assumption as well as facts. However, the debate on the concept does not stem from the basis of morality or unlawfulness but rather is confounded based on the effect it has on the country's economy, taxation policies, politics, social issues, and employment. Moreover, analysts quip that opposition to amnesty and immigration bases, not on the said issues, but on racism. [...]


[...] The belief held by critics of amnesty is that illegal immigrants threaten job security of minority communities such as blacks, who often lose jobs because of Hispanic community competition. (Borjas 26) Nevertheless, this argument may still remain a fallacy since each community live in separate regions and have unique work habits and talents. Again, critics argue that contrary to the conception that aliens add value to the economy. They actually burden taxpayers through provision of services by the government. In addition, critics do interconnect criminal gangs' explosion and terrorism with immigrants. [...]

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