THE TABLE OF KNOWLEDGE ORGANIZATION 2019

Immigration Reform

Immigration reform centers around the laws impacting the arrival of newcomers to the United States from around the world, as well as the conditions required for the attainment of citizenship. As an issue which is highly connected to competing political ideologies, policy approaches toward immigration often shift sharply depending on the policy orientation of reigning political leadership.

On one side of the immigration reform debate, there are those who view the United States as a nation built on the hard work of immigrants from all over the world, and who generally take the view that the United States should continue to welcome individuals who come in search of opportunity, freedom, and a better life. Individuals who take this view tend to favor policy reform toward more accessible legal pathways to entry, citizenship, and inclusion for immigrant groups.

Those on the other side of the immigration reform debate express frustration over the high rate of illegal entry into the United States, especially from the southern border shared between the U.S. and Mexico. This issue has only been magnified as gang activity, drug violence, and human trafficking have escalated in parts of Latin America, pressing large groups of refugees to seek entry into the United States. As newcomers seek pathways into the U.S., those opposed to their entry have called for more restrictive immigration policies, stricter borders, and greater enforcement effort aimed at preventing illegal immigration.

Today, the debate centers on the civil rights of immigrant populations, as well as the role and responsibility of the United States in welcoming newcomers, as these prioirities contrast the view that less restrictive immigration policies represent an economic and security threat to the United States.

What we would like to know is:

Should the United State have an open border policy

YES or NO

If NO, what does your group think we should do about securing our borders?