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Gr 8 Up-This title addresses four major questions: Is illegal immigration a serious problem, is it harmful, are illegal immigrants treated fairly, and how should the government respond to the situation? Each chapter contains six to eight clearly written articles and excerpts from newspapers, journals, books, and publications of various organizations, giving differing points of view. Although the first two chapters devote twice as much space to affirmative answers as to negative responses and half of the selections included in the book are from 1995 or 1996, the work nonetheless brings to the fore the current arguments about the impact of illegal immigration. It covers not only the oft-reported situation at the Mexican border, but also the problems along the Canadian border and with visa abusers. The book is similar in scope and content to Charles P. Cozic's Illegal Immigration (Greenhaven, 1996), but somewhat more current. A useful tool for reports and debates.-Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737706840
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Series: Current Controversies Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 154
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.57 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 12
Introduction 14
Chapter 1 Is Illegal Immigration a Serious Problem?
Chapter Preface 18
Yes: Illegal Immigration Is a Serious Problem
Illegal Immigration Is a Serious Problem 20
Visa Abuse Is a Serious Problem 25
Smuggling of Chinese Illegal Immigrants Is a Serious Problem 30
Illegal Immigration Through Canada Is a Serious Problem 33
Illegal Immigration from Mexico Is a Serious Problem 38
No: Illegal Immigration Is Not a Serious Problem
Immigration Opponents Ignore the Economic Contributions of Illegal Immigrants 40
Politicians Exaggerate the Problem of Illegal Immigration 42
Illegal Immigrants Can Make Positive Contributions to Society 45
Chapter 2 Does Illegal Immigration Harm the United States?
Chapter Preface 49
Yes: Illegal Immigration Harms the United States
Illegal Immigration Adds to the Strain on Social Services 51
Illegal Immigration Harms Low-Wage Workers 59
Illegal Immigration Poses a Terrorist Threat to the United States 61
Illegal Immigration Harms the Border Environment 64
No: Illegal Immigration Does Not Harm the United States
Illegal Aliens Gain Clout: Tight Labor Market Changes Thinking of Unions and Employers 67
Illegal Immigration from Mexico Provides a Long-Term Benefit to the United States 74
Chapter 3 Does the United States Treat Illegal Immigrants Fairly?
Chapter Preface 77
No: The United States Does Not Treat Illegal Immigrants Fairly
U.S. Border Agents Treat Illegal Immigrants Inhumanely 79
U.S. Growers Take Unfair Advantage of Illegal Farm Workers 82
Border Fatalities: The Human Costs of a Militarized Border 91
Yes: The United States Treats Illegal Immigrants Fairly
The Border Patrol Is Unfairly Blamed for Violence Against Illegal Immigrants 98
Mexico Is to Blame for the Deaths of Illegal Immigrants 100
Mexican Smugglers Are to Blame for the Inhumane Treatment of Illegal Immigrants 103
Chapter 4 How Should Government Respond to Illegal Immigration?
Chapter Preface 112
New Restrictions Placed on Asylum Seekers Should Be Removed 114
The Government Should Not Increase Asylum Opportunities for Illegal Immigrants 117
The Children of Illegal Immigrants Should Be Granted Citizenship 121
The Children of Illegal Immigrants Should Not Be Granted Citizenship 125
The Government Should Allow Open Immigration 128
The Government Should Not Allow Open Immigration 133
Bibliography 140
Organizations to Contact 144
Index 149
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