It is public knowledge that there are millions of immigrants in the United States that are often undocumented and illegally living in the country. Another well known fact is that the unemployment ratio is not at its all time low, but it is still pretty awful. Many people have found themselves without a job, even if they are fully qualified for certain positions.
President Obama aims to increase the amount of jobs so unemployment goes down. He also is now planning to increase the amount of options that immigrants have in America. Essentially, an immigrant that has entered the country illegally will be able to gain citizenship quickly and easier than ever before.
A question must be asked. “Will a larger population help the large unemployment problem in America?” I’ll let you decide.
Obama however, along with his advisors, have concluded that letting the eleven million undocumented immigrants gain citizenship will improve the economy. They go as far as saying that the economy will be impacted by a large sum of $1.5 trillion.
The President has given the public assurance that the goal is attainable in the next four years and that the process will officially begin after his second inauguration. The Republicans are on the flip side of all of this and are not supportive of the proposal. Their political party would like to break down the current laws in place into many separate bills.
Any reasonable American will be thinking “so how does this help?”. Sure, it is somewhat ethical to let these immigrants have a chance at citizenship. However, America already does that. There are processes in place that allow immigrants to gain a ‘visa’ or a ‘green card’ so they can live in the U.S. The undocumented immigrants will mainly be here illegally as they have snuck into the country without government approval. We must ask ourselves if pardoning these criminals is the right option. It is not being suggested that all of these undocumented immigrants are committing crimes here in the U.S. However, it is definite that many of them committed a crime to get here in the first place, and for that they should be punished; not let off easy.
Another fact that must be taken into account is that around 71% of Latinos voted for Obama in 2012. Like many things, a leader must help out those that helped them out previously. In the eyes of many, Obama’s move is an unethical and substantial ‘Thank You’ to the Latinos. In the eyes of the Republicans, this can be considered ‘amnesty’ which is a political pardon for those who have committed (a) crime(s).
In the next few months we will hear more from Obama and the media, but for now we can only sit with our thoughts and hope for the best outcome. Perhaps letting these immigrants enter IS a great way to improve the economy. Maybe it isn’t. Whatever it is though, it is immoral and the behavior of a man that should never be in a high position of power. The reputation of Obama, politically, has diminished with his announcement. Lastly, you should recognize America’s policy on kidnappings. America will not negotiate with kidnappers, or terrorists. If they did cooperate with them, then criminals would realize the possible benefits of kidnapping and threats. However, Obama has just said, through action, that America will not always enforce their laws. So with the validity of laws on the line, why will future-criminals hesitate like they might have previously? They won’t.