I. A. “Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” These words are engraved on the Statue of Liberty that was assembled in 1886. The statue was meant to be a beacon of hope for all immigrants that enter the U.S. Do we still agree with what those words say?
B. There has been so much controversy about immigration in the last few months that I became interested in how immigration affects our lives. I have researched immigration for the last 2 months now. I’ve read Internet articles, newspapers, and watched the news. So I became very informed about the subject of immigration.
C. 850,000 legal immigrants have been coming to the U.S. per year since 2000, plus the number is rising. This doesn’t take into account the 275,000 illegal immigrants that come to the U.S. every year. In total, that amounts to over 1 million immigrants..
D. Today, I would like to inform you about the serious problems immigration could cause. First, by giving you all the facts, and by explaining how immigration, if continued, will affect our lives.
Transition: I’ll start by telling you about immigration and its history.
II. A. Americans have always been realistic about immigration, but if it continues at the rate it is, we will be in trouble.
1. The biggest issue is the fact that the U.S. is in the middle of another great wave of immigration.
a. Nearly 1 million immigrants are coming to the U.S. every year.
b. The immigration Act of 1965 was made to reunite and grant freedom for refugees.
1. The law nearly tripled the rate of immigration from 297,000 in 1965 to 850,000 in 2000
2. This is not including illegal immigrants, which are estimated around 275,000 per year.
3. During the 1990s there was an economic boom in which the number of illegal immigrants more than doubled, hitting 8.7 million.
B. Did you know that there were immigration issues with the hijackers that caused the terrorist attacks on September 11?
1. 3 of the 19 hijackers were in the U.S. with expired visas, the other 16 illegal immigrants were allowed to roam the country.
a. At least 2 of the hijackers were on the government watch list.
b. This should have at least raised some suspicion, but for some reason, it didn’t.
C. Illegal immigrants are a great danger to America. According to the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, more than 50% of illegal immigrants that come to America break laws, steal, rape, murder, form and join gangs, sell drugs and engage in the trade of illegal weapons.
1. In 2002 illegal immigrants cost the federal prison and court system over 1 billion dollars
2. 95% of outstanding warrants for homicide in Los Angeles are for illegal immigrants.
D. I’m not against all of the immigrants that travel to our country and want to start a better life here by becoming legal citizens. I’m against the millions of illegal immigrants that come to the U.S. and cause trouble and make things harder for the legal immigrants that are already here.
Transition: If proper steps are taken to reduce illegal immigration, we will see a great improvement in our society.
III. A. President Bush has just proposed an idea of distributing the National Guard among our country’s borders, in order to decrease the amount of illegal immigration.
1.This may take sometime to install the National Guard, but this can be an overall improvement to help decrease rates of illegal immigration.
B. Also, the Senate has passed a bill that states that illegal immigrants that have lived in the U.S. for more than two years are granted a path to eventual citizenship. But those who have been here less than two years are required to leave the country. They can apply for a guest worker program, but they would not be guaranteed acceptance.
1. This process can help our government weed out the immigrants that cause trouble and harm to the U.S. but this will also allow the immigrants that want to become legal citizens have that chance.
Transition. With the government working together to reduce illegal immigration, we are bound to see improvement in our county.
IV. A. With illegal immigration almost completely stopped, many people all over the country will receive benefits.
1. The U.S. will save money if we don’t have to spend it on care for illegal immigrants, and then the U.S can use that money for better causes, like more money for education.
2.The U.S. will become a safer place for us to live in, without the increased crime rates illegal immigrants cause.
Transition: Now that you have a better understanding of the harms that illegal immigration causes, here are a few things you can do.
V. A. Read the paper and watch the news. New developments are occurring everyday in our society, know what is going on in the world around you.
B. Talk to your parents and informed adults. Have discussions with them. They have a lot of information to share with you.
C. Register to vote. What’s the first thing you do when you turn 16? You go out and get your drivers license. When you turn 18, make registering to vote your first priority.
D. Be able to support your opinions. Know exactly what you are talking about. Do research and learn the facts.
E. I’ve explained to you the facts of immigration and how, if continued, will affect your life as an individual. So now that you are informed. Have a say in your future and stand up for what you believe in. It all has to do with how you want to live your life.