Immigration: Why it Matters and What Needs to Change?

Emily Elizabeth Turner


Around 60% of migrants make it across the U.S-Mexico border each year. On the other hand, only 3% of Mexican applicants, who apply for a green card, are granted residency. Many Mexicans who desire to come to the United States are faced with this dilemma of choosing the illegal route or the legal process. The path to the United States for immigrants is neither an easy nor a cheap one for both types of migrants. Naturalization is a process that many do not have the opportunity to complete as limitations such as costs, quotas, and time requirements leave only a select few immigrants the chance to gain a green card. The price tag for freedom is a hefty one as immigrants are forced through many complications that are too risky to justify acting on the desire that America exports to immigrants. The research shows with the use of analyzed statistics and cost found in the immigration process that the legal process must be improved; therefore, the United States must reduce barriers for immigrants and create a more simple process for granting visas. The United States should make reforms to the legal process in order to make it more efficient and less costly to migrants. This will encourage more immigrants to go through the legal process rather than the illegal way. By taking part of the budget for border protection and investing in increased quotas and lower fees, more immigrants would be inclined to get a green card, which would lessen the issue of border control. An immigration tariff may be the solution to many immigration problems instead of the current system in place.

Reform to the legal process would not only benefit the immigrants but also the United States, as more legal immigrants would boost the economy by building businesses, creating more jobs for Americans and balance out the aging population thus strengthen social security.




Immigration; U.S-Mexico Border; Green Card

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