February 19, 2014
If we understand that we have a sovereign right to conduct how our security is organized towards immigration, there are three policies a nation can take. It can have an “open border” which enables free movement of people between different jurisdictions with limited or no restrictions to movement. A “closed border” which prevents movement of people between different jurisdictions with limited or no exceptions associated with this movement. Or a “regulated border” that allows movement of people between different jurisdictions but places restrictions and sometimes significant restrictions on this movement. In my opinion the U.S. should have a regulated border. Presented in this paper are the ideas of those who both agree and disagree with this sentiment.
In To Reunite a Nation, the author Patrick Buchanan believes America has always been and still is a melting pot consisting of different nations that all add something to make America a bright country. However, under the present circumstances, in order for America to remain one country with its identity and Americans to remain one, the pace of the immigration should be reduced.(Buchanan, 408) He asserts his opinion is by pointing out the problems America and Americans are facing now.In his article he touches the values that are of great importance to every American. Aside, he points out that all that is treasured by Americans and all that has always defined America to be the dream country is in danger.
Mae M Ngai, winner of the Frederick Jackson Turner Award for her piece, “No Human being is Illegal also focuses on immigration, but instead says that a lack of partisan coherence and understanding with regard to the issue of immigration keeps progress on this issue at bay. Ngai challenges Americans to reconsider our views towards immigrants. In her essay, she states that “generalizations” or “others” (unclear)are how most Americans view immigrants, therefore...