Wednesday, 16 March 2011

19 facts you didn't know about Immigration!

This week, we had to find two websites dealing with the South-West border immigration, with a website dealing with the pros of the situation, and one obviously, dealing with Anti-Latino immigration. I found this article dealing with creating a wall along the border, and it seems to be supporting the fact that, even if there is a wall there will still be illegal immigrants because there is labour on the other side of the wall that is better than their current situation.
This article deals with 19 facts people don't know about Immigration. It pretty much says that immigration is a national threat and the situation there is only going to get worse, but does occasionally say that immigration is good.

The first article explains that creating a wall between America and Mexico, is quite a bad idea. Even with this wall, there would still be illegal immigration, even if they have to climb the wall, or go under the wall. The article also says that the fact that in America, there is a lot of cheap labor that not a lot of Americans would do, the illegal immigrants take this labour and work for companies that willingly employ them because it is cheap. It doesn't matter to these immigrants that the work is minimum wage, due to the fact that it is far better than their situation in Mexico. The article does go on and say that it is quite impossible to control the border, with walls or how it is controlled today, as there will always be cracks where the immigrants would be able to seep through. Even if it is through the desert which is the longest and deadliest way of getting across the border, as they have to go 3 days and nights through a inhospitable landscape. The article also compares this wall to the Berlin wall "Taxpayer money should not be spent in useless strategies. The problem is always going to be there until BOTH governments create a solution. The expensive bandaid will have the same faith as the Berlin wall, although be do not know which side is going to tear it down first." I think the article is trying to say that illegal immigration isn't the end to America, or the way of life in America, but it is a problem that has to be fixed. But it needs both governments to work together to sort the situation instead one overpowering the border.

This is very different to the second article, where it says that illegal immigration is permanently destroying the South-West of America. It does say "The U.S. government has refused to control the U.S. border with Mexico for decades, and this has allowed millions of criminals, drug dealers and gang members to cross freely into the United States. Not only that, but our refusal to secure the border has allowed thousands (if not millions) of people that have very serious diseases into the country." This is pretty much condemning the government for not doing anything substitutional with this problem. The article also is complaining that America is keeping the border between North Korea and South Korea locked down with military, and why can they not do that with the Mexico Border. I find this quite surprising really, as surely it is the North Koreans keeping the border under military control? "What is most infuriating of all too many Americans is that these illegal aliens are taking jobs away from U.S. citizens. According to a review of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Census Bureau data, legal and illegal immigrants gained over a million additional jobs between 2008 and 2010 even as millions of American citizens were losing their jobs during the same time period." This is overtly blaming immigrants for the lack of jobs for Americans presently, even though these Americans would probably wouldn't settle for minimum wage jobs. Then it lists the 19 facts that people do not know about immigration, which I won't put here, but you can view them here.

Overall I think both these articles do have great points from both sides. Though the first one doesn't blame problems on the immigrants, it tries to find a solution for the problems that would in a way benefit both parties. Even if it is quite difficult to come to a conclusion where both parties are happy. The second article seems to be pointing the blame, and not solving the problems. It pretty much says that there are jobs being taken away from good Americans because of these illegal immigrants, it doesn't cover the possibility of the immigrants lifestyle beforehand.

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