For as long as there have been borders, there have been discussions about immigration. With immigration topics ranging from national security to whether or not to deport Justin Bieber, this debate extends deeper into the heart of America than just her geopolitical boundaries. Will congress act to initiate meaningful immigration reform? Will wall contractors in Texas see a payday unheard of since China’s Qin Dynasty? Will Steve King (R-Iowa) introduce a bill to replace the Statue of Liberty’s torch with a No Vacancy sign? Time will tell. Meanwhile, take a break from cable news hosts’ and political candidates’ wild speculation and rhetoric with some scholarly insights into this age-old debate found on Credo’s Topic Pages.
Immigration - The UN estimated in 2009 the total stock of immigrants at roughly 194 million people. One third of the overall number of immigrants are moving from the global South to the North. The US harbors the greatest absolute number of residents whose country of birth differs from their current country of residence with 42.8 million, 13% of the entire US population.*
Aliens - Most countries, including the United States, forbid or limit the admission of criminals, paupers, and the diseased; however the tired, poor and huddled masses yearning to breathe free are all fair game, not to mention the tempest-tost. The US loves nothing more than a good tempest-tost alien.
Border Security - If good fences do indeed make good neighbors as the old adage goes, then it stands to reason that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) wants to be the best danged neighbor ever. Our Topic Page highlights that, “Cross-national population flows have increased in recent decades, however, the practical reality is that the vast majority of the world’s inhabitants are not mobile and face formidable state-imposed obstacles to crossing national borders.”
Deportation - President Obama has found his administration’s policy of deportation to be labeled as both “inhumane” by Democrats and lenient-to-the-point-of-corrupting-our-national-identity by Republicans, meaning that even the slightest change will throw one side of the debate into paroxysms of existential rage. Which is pretty much par for the course in Washington these days.
*Anheier, H.(2012). Immigration. In Encyclopedia of global studies. Retrieved from http://search.credoreference.com/content/entry/sageglobal/immigration/0
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