With the presidential campaigns beginning to heat up and the caucuses starting in January, immigration is a hot topic. It is the fourth most common keyword searched at the New York Times online this week behind bush, china, and iraq. Every candidate debate has questions ask on the candidate's position on immigration. The discussion will only get more heated for the next year leading up to the election in November of 2008.
Most of the discussion involves controlling the Mexican border and what to do with the millions of undocumented immigrants already in the United States. The debate includes whether we should have a Mexican border fence, more border patrol agents, and of course forcing illegal immigrants already here to go home before they can return. All the candidates are weighing in with their plans and sometimes we forget that this issue has been around forever and involves more than just the Mexican border.
Federal officials reported that they have arrested 30,000 people this fiscal year on charges of illegal border crossing. There are estimated to be 1600 state bills relating to immigration because of the fact that a federal bill has not passed Congress. There are daily reports of immigration rackets across the United States where people are attempting to profiteer on the problem.
The past seven years has been the highest period of immigration in American history according to the U. S. Census Bureau. It is a hot topic that is not going away and covers all aspects of American social and business concerns.
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