This photo shows an American man promoting immigration reduction in Minnesota. He is a member of the tea party and feels strongly enough about this cause to stand outside on a cold looking day to support what he believes in. He is a member of the Tea Party according to the picture caption. I chose this photo because it shows how strongly some people feel about immigration reform all over the country, not just in highly concentrated illegal immigrated to states. I liked that this photo shows the man’s support and love for his country, shown in the American flag next to his sign and his USA hat. I found this image by using the flickr website.
For my white paper I want to explore the topic of illegal immigration in relation to jobs and the economy in America. Many Americans have complained that illegal immigrants are taking many jobs in America while other native citizens are left without jobs. Especially following the Great Recession, many Americans are without jobs, as current unemployment rate is at 7.8%, meaning 2.1 million Americans who are eligible to work do not have jobs. Meanwhile, there has been a constant flow of illegal immigration into America from all over the world, but the majority is from Central America. These people have found jobs in America while American citizens remain jobless. Is this fair?
Last month, District Judge Susan Bolton ruled that police authorities in Arizona could enforce what is arguably one of the most divisive provisions of the state’s immigration law. As CNN reported, this “show me your papers” provision essentially gives police the power to call someone’s immigration status into question if they simply believe that they do not have the legal documents to verify it — namely, that they seem to be in the country illegally. Continue reading
With many important issues this election including the budget deficit, unemployment rates, social security, and medicare, it is not surprising that a lot of other issues are being put on the back burner.
One issue of importance to me is the over-population of our incarceration system.