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Should immigration reform include a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in America?

  • Yes, with requirements.

    If they know English and can demonstrate it and if they have no criminal record, then yes, after the USA tightens up the border by a lot. Many countries will just shoot at the border if you are crossing without a passport. I am not saying this is what the USA needs, but something more strict then what we have now.

  • Yes they should

    Immigration is a huge issue in the US. Illegal aliens definitely have posed somewhat of a problem here, some places more than others. I think that there should be a path to citizenship for people who really want to be here. If there was a better path to citizenship, then they can enforce stronger immigration laws.

  • Immigrants should want to become citizens

    There should be a path for citizenship for illegal immigrants. If they want to come into America, then they should be required to become citizens if they plan to live here permanently. They should want to be American citizens if they want to have the same freedoms and privileges as Americans.

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  • Yes, but with requirements

    If immigrants can speak English, doesn't have a criminal record, and are not terrorists, then yes. Immigrants want to be citizens of the U.S., but if illegal immigrants start doing illegal crimes, they should be deported. Immigrants can become citizens of the U.S., by getting passports, just don't commit crimes.

  • Here's why (1st)

    "This county, (Arizona) 6,169 square miles of scrub brush, ranches and tiny towns in the state’s southeast corner, has been an established crossing corridor since the mid-1990s. Since 2008, the police there have tracked every crime linked to illegal immigrants, in part because state and federal officials frequently requested data, treating the county as a bellwether of border security. - ny times"
    This is the one of the main problems called upon as evidence when immigration is being debated. Some, not all, illegal immigrants can be linked to some kind of criminal intent. Whether out of spite for unfair treatment, desperation for food, money ect, or they are forced to by their smugglers called coyotes, these again are ILLEGAL immigrants meaning they had something to hide when coming over here.

    "Another huge problem that you face as an illegal immigrant is that you probably won't be able to get health care if something happens. You will not be able to qualify for any of the government health care programs and any job that you are likely to find will probably not include health insurance, in fact you can be sure that it won't. The result is that unless you can pay for your medical care in cash, which very few illegal immigrants can, you are not going to be able to get health care. - legal regulation review" The word, undocumented and illegal comes to mind in this. These illegals won't have a social security number or anything qualifying them for basic government benefits as a citizen would. This means they would have to pay enormous amounts of copays and medical bills if they were to cross over to the U.S.. However Obama's healthcare reform somewhat solved this, enticing more illegals to stay.

    "One other trouble that you are going to run into is that you will likely be exploited by employers. Because any job that you take would be illegal you are not protected by the labor laws. Most employers who hire illegal immigrants do so specifically for this reason. The result is that in many cases you will be paid less than the minimum wage or required to work an excessive number of hours. Even worse you may have to work in unsafe conditions. This is especially problematic in light of the fact that you probably can't afford health coverage. - legal regulation review" This has been popularized in tv and pop culture. We all see the Mexican working some underpaid job with minimal benefits and often times with his extended family, this has forced upon us a stereotypical view of the illegal immigrant, first that they're all Mexicans, low class, they're filthy, and numerous. Some of this may not be true, such as them being Mexicans, as immigrant means anyone not native to this country, and filthy. Illegals often get unsafe, below minimum wage jobs. However no conditions allow them fair treatment under the labor laws, thus they are offered no benefits, minimum wage, or fair hours.

  • The security of the people of America is being threatened by undocumented immigrants.

    Yes, America is a place that many want to come to, but we shouldn't be letting everyone in that happens to come by. There are 11 million undocumented individuals here in America that we just can't handle. When three out of every 100 people in America are undocumented, there is a profound security problem. Even though they don't pose of any threat, the millions of undocumented people effectively creates a cover for terrorists and criminals. Economy is not the real threat with undocumented immigrants, but it's more security than anything else.

  • Enforce the laws that are in place.

    Although I do agree, the "just get rid of em" approach isn't the best way to go about it, I still believe in "the law is the law". We cannot just pick and choose which laws we abide by, it is unfair to all of us that do follow them. I do believe in reforming how immigrants are brought in (from what I have heard it is a lengthy process), but with the current stagnant economy, I can't see just adding millions of workers to the workforce. I don't mean to sound harsh but they typically will work for next to nothing, and take many jobs away from trade craftsman (I'm very tired of the analogy "Americans don't want these jobs"). Any immigration reform should be for the best interest of this country, not to gain votes.

  • Immigration reform should not include a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

    There are already too many immigrants in America, and if it became easier for illegal immigrants to become citizens then the country would become overwhelmed. The country would be flooded with immigrants from all over the world, and it would start to look like a third world country itself. This is clearly not the solution to the problem of immigration reform.

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  • Reward vs punishment

    These immigrants are making a federal offense when they come here. It is completely backwards to reward them with citizenship when they should be deported. Another problem is that this is completely unfair to the immagrants who are trying to get here the legal way. Some of them are waiting years to get here, to escape poverty, violence, and for a brighter future for their families. The illegal immigrants come here completely in checked, we don't know if they have a criminal history or if they are potential criminals. They should not be aloud to stay here if they have been wandering around the country taking advantage of the system that they don't even belong to.


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