Climbing The Fence: Immigration across the US-Mexico Border.

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Ancestry goes way back for many Americans. Some of my ancestors came over from England on the Mayflower and even signed the Mayflower Compact. I've always been interested in how our country came to be the way it is. Immigrants really made this country what it is today, but it seems like it's starting to be a real issue. It feels like every time I turn on the news in the evening there are more and more stories about illegal immigrants crossing the Mexican - U.S. border into Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. We're all immigrants of some sort unless we are Native Americans. I want to know what is different about this new generation of immigrants. Why are these people coming in illegally and what are we, as a country, doing about the issue?Really, is it an issue? At first, I couldn't see what all the fuss was about.

How could one group of people be causing such a disturbance that for awhile it was on the news what seemed like every single night. Finally, I got the explanation I'd been looking for while watching a Dateline report. It was all about illegal Mexican immigrants that had moved into regions of Colorado. People were complaining about four major issues: jobs, schooling, government assistance, and taxes. Colorado residents were concerned that immigrants were stealing jobs from the able-bodies citizens. Also, immigrants' school-age children were being allowed into public school systems. I've seen a few articles about Mexican immigrants being on Welfare or food stamps. People are mad about schools and government assistance due to the fourth major issue, taxes. Taxes can be a sore subject for any hard-working American. Tax payers are concerned that their hard earned money is paying for these programs and they find it unfair that...