The Illegal Immigration Reform And Immigrant Responsibility Act ( IIrira )
Since its inception, America has continuously dealt with immigration. Aversion and hostility usually greet immigrant communities once they cross the ocean or physical border that separates them from the ‘land of opportunity’. Although America encompasses people of many different national and ethnic backgrounds and integrates aspects of foreign cultures into the society the American government however, delegates very harshly with regards to foreign migration populations. Harsh laws, such as the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) and regulations seem to affect primarily immigrants coming from the southern border. Only a fraction of the population in detainment, immigrants who may face deportation due to crime or illegal alien status, have a criminal record. Many detainees are women and children asylum seekers from violence-stricken countries in Central America. Even worse, some of the people who are forced into these detention centers are legal immigrants who were arrested on misdemeanor charges. Private correctional businesses are thriving on putting immigrants in over populated, understaffed prison-like environments, such much so that the inmate population tripled from 1995 to 2000. The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act and similar policies need to be eradicated, in favor of more humane illegal immigration laws.
DEFINITION OF THE ISSUE
Many immigration advocates are pushing for a reform of…