Immigration Issues In The United States

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In a country often thought of as a nation of immigrants, immigration has become a pressing issue. With concerns growing on both sides, it is known that actions will be taken in the coming years to change the current immigration system that the United States has. In the recent presidential elections, immigration has been a hot issue, also appearing to be a source of conflict into President Trump’s administration. Immigration has had a long history in the United States, with many impacts and effects, there are concerns over illegal immigration, and new debate has been rising over sanctuary cities and deportation.
The history of immigration has a strong background in the United States. North America is the only continent that would demographically
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There are immigrant visas, green cards, and other steps that must be taken to secure citizenship in the United States. A visa is temporary and allows someone to stay in the United States only for a limited amount of time (“Difference between Visa and Green Card,” 2017). It can be a long process just to receive an immigrant visa. The process from beginning to end can take up to a year, with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services taking up to 8 month reviewing a submitted visa petition. After the petition is reviewed more paper work needs to be sent and an interview needs to be scheduled (“How Long for Immigrant to Legally Come,” 2011). An alternative to immigrant visas is green cards. Compared to visas, green cards do not expire. Green card holders are allowed to permanently live and work here. Often after someone will be given a immigrant visa they will apply for a green card (“Difference between Visa and Green Card,” 2017). The history and rules of immigration in America have had many impacts and …show more content…
By the 2050’s the non-Hispanic white population will no longer be the majority in the United States (“Impacts of Immigration”, 2007). By the year 2020 white children will no longer be the majority, due to the increase in young minorities. It is expected that the fastest growing population will be “mixed race” or two or more races (Chappell, 2015).
The increase in foreign-born citizens has shifted values in the United States. Just from 2003 to 2007 the spending in the Spanish-language market by the five hundred largest print and television advertisers has increased 42% (“Impacts of Immigration”, 2007). As of 2010 there were 2,106 mosques in America that number by more than 900 since 2000. Most of the new mosques have been built in or around large cities particularly in California or New York (Kaleem, 2012).
Americans have varying views in immigrants. When surveyed Americans with lower concentrations of foreign born in area had a more negative view towards immigrants. They were more likely to think that they threatened America customs (“Impacts of Immigration”, 2007). Since 9/11 attitudes about immigration have changed to be more unwilling to accept change (“Illegal Immigration”, 2017). In a 2006 public opinion poll, the biggest concern Americans had about immigration was it being a burden on taxpayers (“Impacts of Immigration”, 2007). The impacts of immigrants are highlighted when you focus on immigration that is done