Rolling Out The Welcome Mat?: Immigration Laws
As more and more people try to enter the country from all over the world, immigration laws have come under increasing scrutiny. Immigration laws are meant to regulate who can and cannot enter the country, they regulate how people enter the country. Immigration laws also regulate how non-citizens can spend their time within the country by regulating schooling and work for immigrants. Some people feel that immigration laws are too lax, allowing criminals into the country and not doing enough to help legal immigrants and asylum seekers who come here for a better life. There is also increasing concern that immigration laws do not and cannot affect the many illegal immigrants who arrive here each year - often by boat. This is especially a concern since immigration laws are meant to protect both immigrants and citizens. When immigrants enter the country without the due process outlined by immigration laws, they pose a double threat. On the one hand, they are a threat since there is no record of their existence, and since often no precaution is taken to ensure that they are non-criminals and to ensure that they have had all proper immunization. On the other hand, immigrants who enter the country illegally are also not protected by the immigration laws. This means, for example, that immigrants who arrive illegally and do not have the benefits of immigration laws may find themselves abused, harassed, or forced to work for very low wages. Recently, immigration laws have come under scrutiny also in cases of asylum seekers. New immigration laws give judges more power to determine who is genuinely seeking asylum and who is to be granted asylum. Under immigration laws, some immigrants are granted entry into the country on humanitarian grounds, if they are being persecuted in their homelands or if they are under direct threat if they return home. Many people have cited concerns about the process outlined by immigration laws. Although immigration laws try to ensure that all are treated fairly, many human rights groups claim that legitimate asylum seekers and many immigrants are discriminated against or have their cases severely backlogged. Deportation orders against others - including deportation orders against criminals - are not always enforced, resulting in further problems. Immigration laws strive to protect, but protection and aid is not always possible under the current system.
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