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Should immigrants have the same rights as citizens?

  • This Is America!

    If we wanted the kind of country where foreign-born, non-citizen immigrants were treated poorly and not given the same rights as citizens, we wouldn't have written "all men are created equal" in our Declaration of Independence. For that matter, we wouldn't be America. You need to treat immigrants well because that's what the founding fathers wanted.

  • Yes immigrants should have the same rights as citizens.

    In America, a country founded by immigrants, for immigrants (by the people, for the people), all those seeking basic human rights should be afforded them. We left Europe because we sought better lives, we then invaded a country already inhabited and stole their land and changed their lives to better fit our own. If we do not afford new immigrants the same rights we bestowed upon ourselves we become the largest group of hypocrites on Earth.

  • Yes! (And second poster you are being ridiculous)

    I believe that citizenship should not be define by paperwork. I believe it should be defined by how long you live in a country, and if an illegal immigrant has lived in the country for say 5-10 years, he or she should immediately become a citizen and have all the rights other citizens have, but I believe that even non-citizens should have some basic rights. Their children should be allowed in public schools, they should have the right to go to the hospital and get treated if they get hurt, and they should have the right, after 5-10 years, to vote. They should have the right to freedom of speech and religion, and they should have the right to have all the freaking abortions they want. And do you really think that just because we allow rights to non-citizens that terrorists are going to bomb this country? That is ridiculous. 9/11 happened because a couple of extremists thought we were meddling in the Middle East too much and thought we needed to be taken down a notch. Allowing illegal immigrants to have the basic human rights this country was founded on won't make terrorists bomb the U.S.

  • We were once all immigrants

    Immigrants, especially legal ones, absolutely deserve the same rights as citizens. People came to this country for acceptance and a better life. Still today, many come because of how their country is acting to them. They are not coming to be a freeloader. They just want to feel human again.

  • Should "immigrants" have the same rights as citizens.

    Some people on the opposing side are getting "immigrants" confused with "illegal-immigrants". Easy mistake for people who have no knowledge of immigration policies and any idea what they are talking about. Immigrants who apply for visas to work legally in the U.S. have a very difficult time receiving working visas. In comparison to other countries, the U.S. has one of the most restrictive immigration policies in the world. Although very high and often wasted taxes compared to other countries, the opportunities in the U.S. well make up for the difficult immigration process and high taxes on immigrants who may not receive all the same benefits as American citizens. Nevertheless, in recent decades what we have seen is extremely well educated immigrants coming to the U.S. and taking on very demanding jobs in administrative, medical, and engineering fields, etc. I get a sense from the opposing side that all "immigrants" must be "illegal-immigrants" and therefore are working low paying jobs or not working at all and receiving American benefits. Somebody who is an "illegal" cannot receive free housing, social security, and welfare because they are unregistered and illegal. If they have, it is illegal in the U.S. bottom of the line. The discussion of "illegal-immigrants" is irrelevant to our topic right now. LEGAL immigrants cannot often receive these benefits because their visa status depends upon their employment. If they are unemployed they will lose their visa. A legal refugee on the other hand is often required to work low paying jobs, with little to no work benefits, they are often uneducated and come from impoverished backgrounds. It is difficult to integrate into American society because of little resources available to them and complicated red tape. Finally, an immigrant who has been working LEGALLY in the U.S., paying equal taxes, contributing to all Americans' social security, should have considerably equal rights. Now they are not an American citizen yet, they cannot vote, and they cannot receive all the same rights in court or in front of the law as American citizens; but, this is what the argument should be about, what equal laws should be granted upon them? It is very infuriating to see people twist and confuse this topic so much. To assume all immigrants are "illegal," taking American social benefits, stealing from you, and being uneducated is remarkably ignorant. EVERYONE, If you want to come on debate.Org and speak your opinion, make sure it is at least on topic.

  • Should "immigrants" have the same rights as citizens.

    Some people on the opposing side are getting "immigrants" confused with "illegal-immigrants". Easy mistake for people who have no knowledge of immigration policies and any idea what they are talking about. Immigrants who apply for visas to work legally in the U.S. have a very difficult time receiving working visas. In comparison to other countries, the U.S. has one of the most restrictive immigration policies in the world. Although very high and often wasted taxes compared to other countries, the opportunities in the U.S. well make up for the difficult immigration process and high taxes on immigrants who may not receive all the same benefits as American citizens. Nevertheless, in recent decades what we have seen is extremely well educated immigrants coming to the U.S. and taking on very demanding jobs in administrative, medical, and engineering fields, etc. I get a sense from the opposing side that all "immigrants" must be "illegal-immigrants" and therefore are working low paying jobs or not working at all and receiving American benefits. Somebody who is an "illegal" cannot receive free housing, social security, and welfare because they are unregistered and illegal. If they have, it is illegal in the U.S. bottom of the line. The discussion of "illegal-immigrants" is irrelevant to our topic right now. LEGAL immigrants cannot often receive these benefits because their visa status depends upon their employment. If they are unemployed they will lose their visa. A legal refugee on the other hand is often required to work low paying jobs, with little to no work benefits, they are often uneducated and come from impoverished backgrounds. It is difficult to integrate into American society because of little resources available to them and complicated red tape. Finally, an immigrant who has been working LEGALLY in the U.S., paying equal taxes, contributing to all Americans' social security, should have considerably equal rights. Now they are not an American citizen yet, they cannot vote, and they cannot receive all the same rights in court or in front of the law as American citizens; but, this is what the argument should be about, what equal laws should be granted upon them? It is very infuriating to see people twist and confuse this topic so much. To assume all immigrants are "illegal," taking American social benefits, stealing from you, and being uneducated is remarkably ignorant. EVERYONE, If you want to come on debate.Org and speak your opinion, make sure it is at least on topic.

  • Of course yes.

    In my opinion we should stop thinking that we are citizens of our nation and start considering the idea that we are citizens of the same planet. I think that we all as humans should have access to a certain basic rights such the Bill of Rights. Just because I was born in other place does not mean I don't have the right to give my opinion or that anyone can accuse me for a crime with out any reasons. I am just like you a person searching for a better life and enjoyment.

  • Yes they should!

    Why ? Because everyone is human were all have 2 legs, 2 arms etc
    there are immigrants out their who want to continue with their education and want to become someone in life and some citizens are just into drugs and end up in homeless shelters because they wanted to act cool and not continue with their education!

  • They are all welcome!

    I think that immigrants should be welcome in the US. Most of them have families and children and imagine if they had to be deported back to their country and leave their children behind. America was founded on freedom and if there is no freedom what is the point in having a country at all? People come here for the American Dream and I bet you all have a friend that is an illegal immigrant, so rethink your opinion. (p.S I am not going against anyone's opinion)

  • Yes They Should

    Of course they should. These people have evacuated their country because they are being prosecuted or that they fear their life is in serious danger. Immigrants should have the same rights because they are human just like YOU. If you said no to this answer then you are a truly heartless person.

  • No English, No Rights

    Immigrants should not have the same rights as American Citizens. They should have a waiting period of 5 years. In this time, they should be fluent with the English Language, find proper housing they are paying for themselves, without our government assistance. Provide for their own family, food, housing, education etc. Americans work hard to provide for their families. Why should our resources be depleted because of lazy individuals who do not want to work? NO rights for Immigrants until they have earned the right to be here.

  • Some things are earned

    They are criminals, if they want the privileges of U.S. Citizens, they need to be here legally. They are not entitled to whatever they want from this country just because they decide they are. And as for people saying we are all immigrants, those ancestors came to this country legally and were grateful for the opportunity. They didn't come here making demands.

  • There is a reason they are called ILLEGAL.

    Become a citizen and pay taxes like we do, and then I have no issue. Until then, you're a criminal for tax evasion. Stay in your own "wonderful" country and stop waving your flags on USA soil. Get an American flag. Then I'll have all the respect for you in the world.

  • No they shouldn't.

    No, immigrants should not have the same rights as citizens. The reson is that they choose the easy way out, instead of fighting to make their own country better they abandon it and search for the easy way out. This is not a good mentality and will lead to more problems (if continued).

  • It's a privilege, not a right

    While i can't deny that immigrants, legal or not, do have human rights, these rights should in no way be confused with privileges. They aren't the same thing. American citizens and legal immigrants should never be denied aid when any are in need. Yet, some are. It's because of illegal aliens and dangerous, foolish political correctness, that some longtime citizens aren't taken care of fully or at all. If people actually believe illegals are automatically entitled, does it mean that Americans are "entitled" to breaking the law? Where's the logic in that? I believe in human rights, not the abuse of a country.

  • They are Immigrants, not citizens!

    Immigrants have not earned their right to be citizens of Canada. Canada fought for the rights we cherish today and they must be respected. For immigrants just to march in and start demanding all the rights and freedoms Canadian's enjoy is unfair. If they had the same rights as Canadian's, why bother with citizenship?

  • NO ILLEGALS!!! I work too hard!

    If I pay taxes to pay for their medical benefits and cash assistance because they were too lazy to do the proper citizenship paperwork, then they don't belong here!!! Im not busting my butt because someone else doesn't want to live in their craphole of a country. That's not my problem.

  • Illegals should not have the same rights as legal citizens and legal immigrants

    Just because your country sucks because you're government is oppressive or overrun by drug lords, does not excuse the fact that illegal immigrants break the law of the US everyday they are here, and because they break the law, they should not have the rights of legal citizens. Just like criminals no longer have their rights because they are criminals. Illegal immigrants also bring crime and drugs and take away a lot of jobs from Americans. It's asinine to allow an illegal immigrant the same rights as a legal one.

  • Don't think we should treat them poorly. But they have to earn some privelages.

    I beleive when LEGALLY in the country they should have constitutional rights such as freedom of speech, religion, 5th amendment ext... But I do not believe that they should be entitled to come here and use our entitlement systems which some consider a RIGHT. I think they come here for opportunity, they should be productive and law abiding members of our society. If they are not a citizen I do not think our country should be supporting their food, medical, education, ext.... Send the bill to the country they are a citizen of.

  • No they need to become a citizen first!

    Do you want terrorists to live in America and have the same rights as us right before they bomb us? That is a slap in the face to America and I won't have it! It is a simple procedure to become a U.S. Citizen and not that hard. Immigrants are getting away with not paying taxes like the rest of us. America should be nice, but no taxes and protection of freedom and rights to whomever walks over the border? NO.


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