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Immigration policy debate

Should the American government policy favor certain kinds of immigrants? Should preference be given to the neediest applicants? The most talented? The most oppressed? the richest? Should applicants from certain countries be given priority? Why or why not?

Summary of Chapter:
1)Immigration to the US has been consistent since the country achieved its independence, but in the last 30 years the number of legal immigrants has even exceeded the numbers of the early 1900s
2)Immigration has been regulated by US; the first significant restriction was the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882.
3)subsequent legislation through the national origins system favored northern and western Europeans. Not until 1965 were quotas by nations largely lifted.
4) Immigration policy is impacted by economic demands for workers who cannot be found among citizens. These workers may be professionals, but they also include large numbers of people who are prepared to do hard labor for wages deemed too low for most citizens but which are attractive to many people outside the US
5)Issues such as population growth, the brain drain, mixed status households and English language acquisition influence contemporary immigration policy.
6) Illegal immigration remains formidable and heightened by new concerns about securing our borders since the 09-11-2001 terrorist attacks
7)Economically, immigration impacts local communities differently, but the new arrivals typically pay taxes and energize the national economy
8) refugees present a special challenge to policy makers who balance humanitarian values against an unwillingness to accept all those who are fleeing poverty and political unrest.

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Immigration policy debate has been an increasing issue in the U.S with point of argument being on whether the U.S. immigration policy should favor certain kinds of applicants and who these preferred applicants should be. Generally the purpose of the U.S. immigration policy has been basically accepted as one that is supposed to promote national interest. The main issue though comes in on what exactly constitutes national interest. Is it serving the economic needs of the American population or is it to improve the overall gross national product and economic performance of the country as a whole? This paper presents an argument on why the US immigration policy should favor certain kinds of immigrants.

Should US government policy favor certain kinds of immigrants?

The US immigration policy should favor certain kinds of immigrants. Immigrants that seek to enter the US range from asylum seekers, who fear for their lives, individuals who want to seek better opportunities, others who just want to live in America, while other who would be immigrating for sinister motives. It is imperative that the US immigration policy be able to differentiate all these kinds of immigrants. Admitting those that bring valuable skills into the country and contribute in tax remittances of the nation would be most preferable. Extensive research shows that admitting immigrants who are relatively skilled generates higher per capita income for the native population. Skilled immigrants would more often earn more and pay higher at remittances ...

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Immigration policy debate is questioned in this solution.