The word Immigration has been derived from the Latin word immigrare which means to move. Immigration means migrating and settling in a country that is not a native to the person migrating. For ex: If a person living in Sweden decides to move to the U.S and settle down there, the person is a Swedish immigrant.
Immigration can be legal or illegal. Most nations today face problems because of illegal immigration. Immigration to the U S means the movement of a non resident to reside in America. More legal immigrants are accepted as permanent residents in the U S. 1,046,539 immigrants were naturalized as citizens in the year 2008.
[...] Some of the issues that the nation is facing are: Illegal Immigration Illegal Immigration is one of the greatest problems of current times in the U S. Illegal immigrants enter the U S soil without proper authorization and documentation. The illegal immigrants are said to have threatened the society, economy, national security and everything that is American. Illegal immigration happens through: Illegal border crossing Drug smuggling Identity Theft Overstaying after the expiration of the visa False visas from countries where the U S has no direct visa agreements Some of the other issues under illegal immigration are: Human trafficking There are many people who get trafficked to the U S every year. [...]
[...] Population and Environment The rise in the U.S population in the last four decades will result in exploitation of the nation's resources. Population size is an important issue that is being shaped by immigration. Utility of natural resources and energy has increased along with the increase in the emission of green house gases. The only way to control environmental damage is to stabilize the population at a size that can be sustained by the natural resources without living out of bounds. [...]
[...] At least three of those terrorists had expired visas and had continued staying illegally in the U S. The Visa Waiver program was made permanent in the year 2000. According to this, people from 27 countries can travel and enter the U S without a Visa. Since the VWP does not have a screening process, people who pose a threat to the nation in terms of health, security and potential immigrants are not questioned. Criminals, smugglers and terrorists have misused and have tried to enter the U S under the Visa waiver program. [...]
[...] The U S had to regulate the influx of people in some way or another and hence passed Immigration Reforms from time to time. The first immigration restriction was imposed in 1875 when the Congress barred the immigration of convicts and prostitutes. Chinese laborers could not enter the U S between 1882 and 1943. Restrictions on Japanese immigration were imposed in 1904. Former Mexican President Vicente Fox wrote that the U S government under George W Bush was ready to bring about a reform in immigration that would allow beneficial Mexican immigration to the U S. [...]
[...] The bill also states that it will treat spouses and children of Legal Permanent Residents as children and spouses of citizens in order to encourage union of families. People's Response to the Reforms There has been mixed responses to the Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill. Some people have commended the efforts taken by President Obama to repair the broken immigration system. They feel that the immigration reform is necessary from the environment and economic point of view. Critics on the other hand feel that the illegal immigrants will do no such thing as registering themselves as conditional non-immigrant by paying a fine. [...]
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