Texas Politics Paper
PIB History 9th Grade
November 12, 2013
Both Democrats and Republicans have different views on immigration. The two parties contradict their views on border enforcement and public education for illegal immigrants.
Border enforcement has become a controversial topic among Democrats and Republicans. Republicans have put all their attention towards strengthening the borders before any other laws are put into place. Some republicans are also hoping to build a wall between the borders. They want to prevent illegal immigration at all costs. Although Democrats do not feel as strongly as Republicans do regarding border enforcement, they have still have efforts to control the border's security. Democrats have doubled the number of border patrol agents, added more surveillance equipment across the border, and have begun to work with Mexican and Canadian law enforcement to contribute to border security. Republicans also think that the Democrats' mentality will create tough competition for Americans looking for jobs, since there would so many jobs occupied by immigrants that would become legal under Democratic legislation.
[1: Julia Preston and Ashley Parker, "Broad Outlines of Senate Immigration Agreement Emerge," The New York Times, April 10, 2013, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/11/us/politics/bipartisan-group-of-senators-agrees-on-outline-of-immigration-bill.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0, accessed November 13, 2013.][2: "Creating an Immigration System for the 21st Century," Continuing to Strengthen Border Security, http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/immigration/border-security, accessed November 13, 2013.][3: Stephan Dinan, "Democrats' Immigration Bill Leaves out Security," The Washingtion Times, October 02, 2013, http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/2/democrats-immigration-bill-leaves-out-security/?page=all, accessed November 14, 2013.]
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