Illegal Immigration

Immigration: Illegal / Legal
Understanding History Towards a Solution

They come here in search of a better life for them and their families. Many of them have put their lives in great danger in their quest to be part of the “ Great American Dream”. Immigration is nothing new in the history of the United States or in the history of mankind for that matter. Immigration policies and processes have existed for a long time and many people from all parts of the world have been affected by them as well as their cultures and way of life.
Immigration has produced a vast interchange of cultures among different societies and has accelerated important progresses in mankind.
The problem today lies in the illegal immigration that is affecting the United States in more ways than one. It is one of the most difficult and controversial subjects talked about in the media and among the citizens of this country. Should we deny them the opportunity for a better life   when they are willing to work and earn a living? Is it the responsibility of the United States to provide them with better opportunities than their own country? Are illegal immigrants a drain to this country’s economy? The truth is:   immigration, illegal or not has made this one of the most powerful and prosperous nation   in the world. According to a 2008 report by the Pew Hispanic Center, there were about 11.9 million illegal immigrants living in the United States, of   those, 7 million are from Mexico ( Passel, Cohn).

Mexican immigration – brief history
The history of Mexican immigration into the United States can be dated back to the mid 1800’s. In a 2010 report by Manuel de Jesus Esquivel Leyva he talks about how   with the end of the Mexican War and the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, more than half of Mexico’s territory at the time was legally taken by the United States of America. Along with it the vast natural resources and the original inhabitants which acquired U.S. citizenship. “ The...