You will never miss the water until the well runs dry. This old adage is used to criticize people who take the privileges they have for granted. They only contemplate on how important they were when withdrawn from them. Many people are a victim of this culture. If any one doubts it, think about this. When was the last you took time to think of your citizenship, the privileges at your disposal simply because you are a citizen of a particular country and the problems you will plug in to if the government decided to make you its alien? If you are sincere with yourself, then your answer to this question must be either you have never given such non- sense a second thought or if you did, that was eons ago.
If there is a group of people who know what it means to shun a ‘for-granted’ attitude towards any issue concerning nationality however how trivial it may be, then that group must be the illegal immigrants. This is a special group of people who live in a foreign country without legal documents to prove the legitimacy of their citizenship. Needless to say, an illegal immigrant lacks some privileges that a legal citizen or immigrant enjoys. Take for instance in the United States of America, drivers obtain licenses using the number on their social security cards. If one lacks the card, whish is the case with illegal migrants, it follows suit they will not secure the license. This is a just a tip of the iceberg on the problems these people undergo daily in the quest to live a better life like their counterparts.
The above line of argument may seem biased, as it apparently appears to handle the matter in an empathetic and amnesiac approach. The society does not have a stable stand on the issue of illegal immigration. There are factions that advocate such immigrants to be granted amnesty while others deem them as potential candidates of any prison in their country (Dudley 1). Whatever sentiments each group may have, there is some fundamental truth in it. This is why this essay is meant to sit on the fence and reconcile the two opposing sides to come to an amicable solution on this matter of great controversy.
Worthy noting from the onset is the causes of illegal immigration before pronouncing the verdict on the victims. The focus in this case will be narrowed to the illegal immigration state in the United States. Several factors have led to the presence of illegal immigrants on the American soil. Although this is due to gap between the people who are legally allowed to immigrate there and the world demand for a residency in this super power state, there exist several factors behind the scenes. One of these factors that most people fail to or rarely acknowledge is the bureaucracy and favoritism of the USA’s government on matters of issuing visas (Haines 56).
There are complex procedures on who to be given issued with a visa based on an array of factors. Priorities are given to people who have relatives there; those sponsored by a certain employer or even possessing job skills that are in demand. Woe to whoever does not belong to any of the above categories as they may be forced to wait for a period ranging from ten to fifteen years before their visa request is granted or worse still, denied. Such prerequisites may lock genuine foreigners seeking residence in the USA and such be left with no option but becoming illegal immigrants (Arshabraner 13).
Another factor that predisposes people to illegal immigration is political instability. Political turmoil may force citizens to vacate their country of origin to settle in a foreign country (Chavez 122). However, such people may be termed as asylum seekers who fail to register with the concerned in the country they are wish to seek asylum. This may not be a perfect example since most of her illegal are Mexicans to work in the railways and later in the farms hence granting them full citizenship in the course of time. However, as time went by, this population increased and the government could no longer give visas to them forcing most of them who had relatives there to become illegal immigrants. Other factors that contribute to presence these illegal immigrants are overpopulation in their countries of origin, a need to reunify with their family members, the search jobs and poverty (Brimelow 23).
All the above factors sound legitimate to warrant one to be accommodated in the USA as a legitimate immigrant. What then causes some people’s cases to be considered while others are turned down? While it may not be clear as to why this happens, several factors can the cause. Sympathizers of illegal immigrants cite the government’s leniency and bureaucracy as the main cause of this. On the other hand, those hard on illegal migrants claim that many of them have no genuine reasons for their course and thus should be deported back to their home countries. They further add that these intruders have had a great negative impact on the American society. To support this, they exemplify by mentioning the increased cases of terrorism, violence, drug trafficking and their implications to the government budget (Borjas 87).
To solve all this blame game, a consensus has to be reached. Each side should be willing to listen to their counterparts and draw informed resolutions from the same (Beck 145). This can be done by striking a balance between which immigration cases are urgent, genuine and well- deserved and those that can wait. Humanity considerations should be given a chance in appropriate cases and prejudice of some groups dropped. Otherwise, this debate will ensue to the unseen future.