Tolerate or Expatriate?
Amnesty is an official pardon granted for people who have committed a political offense. Some people believe that immigrants deserve cruel punishment for illegally crossing the border and some think that we should help them and grant them amnesty.
In President Obama’s Nov. 21 speech, he stated that the United States isn’t granting amnesty, they are just making a better system for illegal immigrants that have already been in the United States for a certain amount of time.
His new system for illegal immigrants consists of three steps: One, work with border control to make it easier to catch illegal crossings and return those who cross over. Two, make it easier for illegal immigrants who have higher skills, are graduates, and/or are entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy. Three, take steps to deal with the millions of undocumented immigrants who are already living here. Obama describes the third issue a little more thoroughly and says that it’s the one that generates the most controversy and passion. He wants to make sure that the dangerous illegal immigrants are the ones to be deported. Over the past six years, deportations of criminals are up 80 percent, easily justifying this new focus.
Rather than just simply granting amnesty, I think Obama’s new system is a really good idea. It’s not fair for the immigrants who actually waited and tried hard to get a citizenship in the United States to have to sit around and watch undocumented immigrants get here without putting in the work. The United States already allows over 1 million immigrants to come into the United States per year. There is a huge process for immigrants to go through, but it’s legal and they don’t have to live with the fear of being caught.
Yes, America can’t and won’t be the country to turn people away, and I’m not saying that we should. I’m just saying that we shouldn’t grant them amnesty. It’s like someone coming in and robbing your house and getting away with it – it’s a criminal act to do both of those things. It’s not fair to either party for punishment to be waived.