MexicanImmigration in the United States
Despitesome states finding it hard to accept illegal immigrants, the UnitedStates is being lenient on unauthorized immigrants. For instance,some states allow unauthorized immigrants to get driver’s licenseswhile others grant the unauthorized immigrants tuition benefits. Tobe more succinct, ten states and the District of Columbia allow themto get driver’s licenses while twenty states allow the samemigrants to attend public college and even apply for financial aid(Park 3) Thus, only an outright policy breaker would walk aroundclaiming of how much the United States is being hard on immigrants.Furthermore, no law breaker can be spared even if it means tarnishingthe image of the states.
Theleniency being displayed by the states can be attributed to the factthat it has not been so hard on the Mexican immigrants. In the year2014 alone, there were 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants in theU.S and Mexicans alone made about 52% of the populations (Krogstad,Passel, & Cohn 2). From the 6.4 million in 2009, the Mexicanpopulation in the U.S fell to 5.8 million in 2014. However, despitethe population decline, 5.8 million immigrants from Mexico is stillan implication that the states have always been soft on theimmigrants. Furthermore, in the Donald Trump’s presidency, peoplehave mistaken the manner in which the immigration issues are beinghandled. This is because President Trump proposed new immigrationpolicies to the Mexican government rather than dictating on terms.This is evident by the fact that the Mexican government is willing togo to the United Nations in order to defend the rights of Mexicanimmigrants in the U.S (Borger & Agren 1). All these argumentspoint to the fact that the United States hasn’t been always harshon immigrants altogether as many may think of it.
BorgerJulian & Agren David. Mexico Will Not Accept Trump’sImmigration Plans, Says Foreign Minister. The Guardian. (February 22,2017). Retrievedfrom: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/22/mexico-trump immigration-foreign-minister-luis-videgaray(Web)
KrogstadManuel Jens, Passel S. Jeffrey, & Cohn D’Vera. 5 Facts aboutIllegal Immigration in the U.S. PewResearchCenter. (November 3,2016). Retrievedfrom: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/11/03/5-facts-about-illegal-immigration-in the-u-s/(Web)
ParkHaeyoun. Which States Make Life Easier or Harder for IllegalImmigrants? The New York Times. (March 29, 2015). Retrievedfrom: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/03/30/us/laws-affecting-unauthorized immigrants.html?_r=0(Web)
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