Capstone Project Part 1

For the Capstone Project, I chose the topic of illegal immigration. This topic interests me as a second-generation American and as someone who frequently works with immigrant students, some of whom are undocumented. I am conflicted on many of the points often brought up in the arguments around illegal immigration, and I hope to gain clarity by researching this topic. Reviewing the components of illegal immigration described in the Britannica article is like peeling an onion - there are so many layers. The obvious unlawful resident status quickly comes to mind, along with receiving services without the means to contribute to the costs, humanitarian, political and economic issues in their home countries, human trafficking, and people brought to this country as children. As the article title suggests, a principal issue is whether undocumented immigrants should be able to become US citizens with all rights and privileges associated therewith. Issues surrounding undocumented immigrants are numerous. I started going down rabbit holes reading other material, so decided to focus back on the article. Below are the pro and con arguments I came up with: P 1 Amnesty incentivizes undocumented immigrants to break the law, and encourages human trafficking. P 2 The US needs to enforce existing laws regarding undocumented immigrants already in the country and those newly entering at border crossings. P3 A path to citizenship would reward illegal behavior. P4 A path to citizenship would be unfair to those who emigrate to the US legally. P 5 A path to legalization would allow undocumented immigrants to participate in American society legally. /C Therefore, the US government should not provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. P 1 Undocumented immigrants and their families are already engrained in our country, contributing to federal, state and local taxes and paying into programs from which they received no benefits. P2 Those undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children are embedded in American society and often do not know their undocumented status. P3 A five-year path to citizenship would increase annual wages for undocumented and all other workers, create new jobs and increase total cumulative GDP. P 4 Most undocumented immigrants in the workforce are essential workers. /C Therefore, the US government should provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
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