Remember, remember always that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists. Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882–1945)
Credibility Statement
United States is a country that was built by Immigrants; immigrants play a crucial part of its economy and its market as well. It has been a major controversy for those who believe that as Americans they have more rights than immigrants, causing inequality and difficulties for young immigrants in terms of education, jobs, politics and others aspects. According to an article at the migration reformation website “There were 1,107,126 immigrants who were granted legal residence in 2008. Of those, 466,558 (42.1 percent) were new arrivals who entered the country in 2008, and 640,568 (57.9 percent) were status adjusters. The status adjusters arrived in the United States in any year before 2008, but their green card applications were approved during 2008” (Batalova, 2009) but we still have a mass of young immigrants who cannot go to college because they don’t have papers. This situation leads young immigrants to crime and recidivism because they feel that society isolate them. These young immigrants suffer the consequences of their parents’ actions; many of them did not come to the US purposely but by their parents’ decisions.

. Relevance Statement

The US is “the land of opportunities” for many immigrants, some others argument that they had a better life in their country. Immigrants are not always treated kindly when they come to the US especially illegal immigrants, most of the times they face job and verbal discrimination because they do not speak English or they do not have the education or skills for other jobs, which force them to take the hardest and worse pay. It is also a problem for them to assimilate to society because the people around do not share the same cultural backgrounds.

. Review Main Points
Throughout education immigrants have more opportunities, but they still face barriers like jobs inequalities, discrimination, and deportation.The U.S. deported nearly 393,000 people in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, half of whom were considered criminals. Of those, 27,635 had been arrested for drunken driving, more than double the 10,851 deported after drunken driving arrests in 2008, the last full year of the Bush administration, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement data provided to The Associated Press. An additional 13,028 were deported last year after being arrested on less serious traffic law violations, nearly three times the 4,527 traffic offenders deported two years earlier, according to the data.” (Washington, 2011)

Main Point 1
According to the statistics of US Census there are about 40 million immigrants (legal and illegal) in the US. Manny of those are college students involve in some type of educational program for higher education.(Camarota, 2012)

1. Uneducated Immigrants face the majority of the difficulties to adapt to the American society.

A. Older people and those who don’t want to settle in the U.S do not seek for more than a GED. According to the center for immigration Studies for example “Only 4.6 percent of immigrant do not seek a higher education.”

B.Those young immigrants and the one that receive students’ visas try to get bachelors and master degrees. “According to the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS), immigrants accounted for 15 percent of the entire US college-educated labor force in 2007. However, their numbers were much higher among workers in certain occupations: immigrants represent nearly 27 percent of physicians, more than 34 percent of computer software engineers, and over 42 percent of medical scientists.”(Batalova, Terrazas, 2010)

C. Immigrant also receive a lot of support from the American Government, many of them receive financial aid, students, visas, and scholarship to help them through their career.

2. The problem is that those immigrants that come to the country to study, some of them stay illegally, and when they cannot finish their career they turn to criminal acts.

A. Young immigrants who go to high school in the United States face the biggest depression when they are told that they cannot go to college.

B. Another problem is that some of these immigrants come to the U.S and feel that they can make more money is the streets than going to school, and they end up hurting citizens, and the country’s economy by going to prison.

C. In New York City for example, there are Latino immigrants that turn to crime because of the poor conditions that they are growing, in the book Inside Rikers, the author talks about an inmate who grew up in the Bronx, and she explains how the inmate was involved in criminal activities since he was 7 years old, and how his mother used to mix his milk with alcohol when he was just a baby. (Wynn, 2010)

. Main Point 2 jobs
Immigrants face inequalities in working areas as well, but they also tremendous opportunities, because the government offers them programs to help minorities to overcome the barriers.

1. Immigrants have been a polemic issue for those who feel that immigrants are taking their jobs.

A. According to Steven Camarota and Karen Zeigler, well more than 50 percent of new jobs went to immigrants during the Obama presidency, leaving Americans out in the cold without work. 
 (Kirkwood, 2010)

B. Foreign-born workers don’t affect the employment rate positively or negatively, according to a 2011 analysis from the conservative American Enterprise Institute. And a study released Wednesday by the liberal Center for American Progress suggests that granting legal status to undocumented workers might even create jobs. (Chokshi, 2013)

2. Friendship Sometimes it causes a problem a problem in the American system, one of the key points is inequality, but also the preparation and skills, and sometimes is more about “who you know, than what you know.”

A. In 2007, one in six members of the 130 million-person U.S. labor force was an immigrant. The 21.5 million immigrants age 25 and older accounted for 16.5% of the U.S. labor force. A much larger share of immigrants (27.8%) than U.S. natives (6.9%) had less than a high school education. In contrast, the percentages of college graduates among immigrants (30.1%) and natives (32.7%) are about the same. (U.S. Census Bureau’s 2007 American Community Survey, Migration Policy Institute’s Migration Information Source) which bring us to ask the question, what is the American population focusing on? (Consortium)

B. Manny of those who argue that immigrants are taking the jobs do not realize, that a great percentage of these immigrants age 25 and older have families so they focus more in high pay jobs, seeking to provide their families with a better life.

. Main Point 3
Discrimination has always existed in the United States, and even though some experts in the country believe that it has decrease, according to the S Civil Right Commission in some States.

1. There are States that even have Anti-Immigrant laws to make sure that only green card holders and citizens live in the state.

A. Arizona passed SB1070 and five other states passed the law Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina and Utah. The law SB1070 requires police to determine the immigration statues of someone arrested or detained when there is “reasonable suspicion” sheriff Joe Arpaio did not followed the rule. For this reason he got sued and has been threatened so many times that the last threat was an explosive deceive mailed to him. Immigrants hate how he is separating families for no reason. It’ was a civil case back in 2007, but now they saw policies changes, they’re on him for violating the constitutional rights of Latinos by targeting them during raids and traffic stops here and throughout Maricopa County. According to The New York Times Arpaio attorney said “ that Arpaio has never used race and never will use race to make any law enforcement” the judge concluded “ that the sheriff used Latinos ethnicity as the main basis for suspecting they were in country illegally”
He’s trying to blame someone else for his mistake. He keeps complaining that the officers received bad training from the U.S custom enforcement. When he testified, “he said that he has never been trained”
B. There have been cases where African Americans beat immigrants like Mexicans and they do not go or report to the police because they are scared. Immigrants are easy target for anyone who hates them because officers will check on their status, if they are legal or illegal. When the officers find out if the person is illegal, they might arrest the immigrant and not the other one. This is why immigrants are terrified to report their problems to 911.

C. Our classmate Denise Lozano’s Father was a victim of discrimination it was recently, when her father got stop by a detective outside his store, when he was heading to his car with a box of fruits. Apparently they wanted to know what he had in the box, her father does not look like a criminal, but we know they are doing their job to protect the United States. Ever since 911 happened, security has become more severe and discrimination toward immigrants has risen.

2. We believe that the government has to come with a plan to solve this issue, doing whatever it takes, but taking into account that there are legal, and illegal immigrants who are willing to give their life for this nation, and that they intend to collaborate.

A. It may be seem as if some illegal immigrants do not care about the U.S, because they sent their money to their country, but one of the reason why they do this is to sustain their families, and to save money in case that they are deported.

B. In many cases when immigrant suffer a large amount of offenses, stereotypes and discriminatory acts, they recidivate because they do not feel that they can adjust to the culture.

C. There are many types of discriminations, and even though many of them are prohibited people still do them, and those who are being affected, do not act upon it because they are afraid and they know that it can cause them harmful consequences.

Main point 4
Another issue that it is causing families to divide, economy to shrink and immigrants to conduct a criminal behavior, is what some believe is unfair deportation.

1. The authorities have become stricter when it comes to applying the rules against immigrants.

A. When a person is deported just for a traffic violation, immigrants and some others believe that that is unfair.

B. Some people are treated like criminals by the Immigration Customs Enforcement agents, which we think is not the best way to address the problem.

C. “The federal government conducted more than 200,000 deportations of parents who said their children are U.S. citizens in a timespan of just over two years, according to new data obtained by Colorlines.com. The figures represent the longest view to date of the scale of parental deportation.” (Wesseler, 2012) this just cost the government money, because the children have to be sent to foster care, shelter or other types of public programs.

2. A solution to this matter is a very complicated topic, because there are immigrants that have no tracks of residence or working background, but it also affects the owners of companies who hire undocumented people.

A. “President Obama is bypassing Congress and plans to immediately stop certain deportations and instead grant work permits to as many as 800,000 younger illegal immigrants, according to a policy shift unveiled by the White House on Friday.” (Preston, Cushman, 2012) this has cause a dispute in the senate because the conservative party believes that democrats are using this as a political strategy to gain more voters.

B. President Obama has been trying to promote a change for who came in a young age, but some agents are just reducing the numbers to eliminate the opportunity of those who are qualified for green cards. “DHS and ICE are knowingly manipulating arrest and deportation data with the specific intent of misleading the American public with regard to the enforcement of illegal immigration in our country,” he told reporters Thursday at a Capitol Hill press conference.” (Stiles, 2013)

. Conclusion
It is a hard job to favor everybody when we are talking about a topic that has been out there since day one. There are many that believe that united states wouldn’t be the country that it is today if it was not for immigrant, others will argue that immigrants affects the country economy because they live under government’s programs, but the truth is that this is an issue that affect us all, because they cannot just deport or exclude all immigrants out of the country, but cannot give papers to illegal immigrants without a revision. We believe in the DREAM ACT and we hope that it works for the best of the nation.

. Clincher
And so it is that I carry with me from this State to that high and lonely office to which I now succeed more than fond memories and fast friendships. The enduring qualities of Massachusetts—the common threads woven by the Pilgrim and the Puritan, the fisherman and the farmer, the Yankee and the immigrant—will not be and could not be forgotten in the Nation’s Executive Mansion. They are an indelible part of my life, my convictions, my view of the past, my hopes for the future. (John Fitzgerald Kennedy)

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