Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Illegal Immigration; Have we gone too far?

So I was hanging out with two of my good friends yesterday and we randomly got engrossed in a discussion about the reform in Arizona. You know what I'm talking about: the anti-illegal law that has been plastered all over the news since it was first passed April 2010.

This law aims to identify, prosecute and deport all illegal immigrants. This is the strictest immigration law that has ever been passed in the United States. I do not agree with much of What Obama says but he stated that this law "undermine[s] basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and our communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe.”

The law allows the police to detain anyone who is suspected of being in the country illegally. Many people are accusing the law of being an open invitation for racial profiling.

One of my friends is in agreeance with the law: "I don't want them in my country; if they want to come let them come by getting a Visa--the legal way. We don't have enough jobs as it is with illegals taking them all."

The other is strongly against the law and argues that "a lot of our economy depends on the illegals working here."

There have been studies that show illegals as helping U.S. economy. If immigrant labor was cut back dramatically, our economy would face significant problems. Bernard Baumohl (executive director of Economic Outlook Group in New Jersey) states that "[Immigration] allows the U.S. economy to grow more rapidly without higher inflation pressures."

Other economists say that illegals in the work force make more jobs available for the mid-class and higher up workers. For instance, if a builder can hire more wall builders for cheaper costs, "his ability to [use] skilled carpenters goes up."

Nevertheless, 85 workers out of every 100 are new immigrants, which does, no matter how one argues it, takes jobs away from young and poorer U.S. citizens. Andrew Sum, an economist at Northeastern University in Boston states, "They're really displacing young workers at a very high rate."

I think the Arizona law is much too broad. Many people mistake me for being Mexican so in AZ, simply because I look like I might be an illegal, the police have a right to question me. Seems a bit too extreme of a measure. So the question really is, how can we enact illegal immigration laws without jeopardizing the equality and freedoms America is known for?


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