Immigration and Solutions Offered By the White House

Immigrationand Solutions Offered By the White House

Immigrationand Solutions Offered By the White House

Illegalimmigration has been a controversial issue in the U.S. since theexisting border control system has failed to contain it. The WhiteHouse holds that the issue can only be addressed by the congresssince effective control measures needs to be based on laws (The WhiteHouse, 2015). Employers have made a significant contribution towardsthe rapid increase in the number of illegal immigrants since theygive them jobs in spite of the fact that they are not allowed to workor live in the U.S. The existence of illegal immigrants cost the terms of security and revenue. This is because some of the illegalimmigrants have intentions to commit crimes (such as terror attacks)and allowing them to continue living in the U.S. threatens thenational security (The White House, 2015). In addition, the workingillegal immigrants are undocumented, which means that they do not paytaxes.


Althoughboth the Congress and the U.S. executive have demonstrated theirwillingness to resolve the issue of illegal immigration, the Congresshas ingress has not come up boldly with a viable solution, which isexpected to reform the lenient laws that have weakened the bordercontrol system (The White House, 2015). This has forced the WhiteHouse to come up with some initiatives referred to as theAccountability Executive Actions. These actions offer three keyinitiatives to address the issue of illegal immigration temporarily.First, the executive holds that cracking down immigrants at theborder point can ensure that illegal immigrants are detected and sentback before they get into the U.S. In the second initiative, thegovernment will embark on the deportation of illegal immigrants whogave a criminal background, which will reduce the security risk thatis associated with the entry of immigrants with intentions ofcommitting crimes (The White House, 2015). The last initiative isknown as the accountability action, which will help the governmentcheck the criminal background of undocumented immigrants who havelived in the U.S. for more than five years. They will be heldaccountable by ensuring that they pay taxes and issuing them with atemporary stay that will last for three years.

Someproblems with the border control in initiative

Althoughdetecting and sending back illegal immigrants at the border beforethey get into the U.S. sounds to be the most effective way of keepingthe U.S. free of illegal immigrants, its implementation can be toocostly and ineffective. The executive intends to enhance the bordercontrol system through the crackdown operations and centralizing thesecurity system (Moore, 2014). Increasing police saturation along theU.S. borders has not succeeded in reducing immigration, especiallyalong the Mexico-US. Border (Moore, 2014). It is difficult forsecurity officers to cover the entire 700 miles of the border, whichmakes it impossible detect and send back all immigrants. Theexecutive did not mention any intention to construct a fence, whichis the only reliable strategy. This means that the border controlinitiative may not give the desired outcome.

Inconclusion, the U.S. Congress and the executive agree in one sensethat illegal immigration is a troubling issue for the U.S. However,the failure to work together to come up with a viable solution haveresulted in the rapid increase in the number of immigrants who affectthe U.S. economy and security in a negative way. The key initiativesmade by the U.S. executive are only temporary, and long-termsolutions should be identified.


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