Immigration in your country?

United States
December 16, 2008 10:49am CST
How do you view immigration in your country? Do you think that there is too much or too little? Do you think immigrants positively or negatively effect your country's economy, and why? Do you think that it should be easier or harder for immigrants to become permanent residents and citizens? Do you think that all illegal immigrants should be deported? And what would that do to your country's economy?
3 people like this
16 responses
• India
17 Dec 08
I feel illegal immigration should be stopped because it is against the law.Immigrants can bring skill in a country in different fields.Countries with limited manlabour also have the requirement of immigrants.Immigrants also introduce new work ethics,culture in one's county.Legal immigration should be welcomed by every country as it helps every country to come close to each other.
1 person likes this
@sharra1 (6342)
• Australia
17 Dec 08
Illegal immigration are often people fleeing a dangerous situation. They do not have the time to apply by the proper rules and ask to be let in. If they have been in hiding they cannot apply. There will always be people who flee and they must be considered on humanitarian grounds not punished for being in crisis.
• United States
17 Dec 08
Sharra, I think that's only true in some cases. Often time there is no option of staying legally.
• India
17 Dec 08
I have no particular idea of imigration because i live in india and i never tried to move out of india so i did not come across imigration. i think imigration is not that particular in india because many of my friends have gone out of the country but never complained me about the imigration
• Philippines
17 Dec 08
I live in the Philippines. But my grandparents were Chinese immigrants. They came here when life was hard in China because of communism. A lot of Chinese then came here and they were very poor. But because of hard work and the good opportunities in this land, the Chinese are now on the middle and upper-class here. Right now, the Philippine government actually has a program that invites foreigners to migrate here. A lot of Koreans are migrating here now. For me, I think this is good for the economy because these immigrants bring money with them and they invest here. Even if they are not rich, the value of their money is big here because of our low cost of living. An ordinary retired American can live like a king here even with only the monthly pension for income. I think it should be easier for immigrants to become permanent residents or citizens because they contribute a lot to the economy. But illegal immigration is a different thing. I think they should be deported because they are breaking the law. They should go through the proper channels to become immigrants. Illegals are not contributing to the economy because they have no papers and they won't pay their taxes.
• Philippines
17 Dec 08
1. Too much 2. balanced 3. harder 4. the government does! 5. People must have an optimistic respond to the government because experiencing this things must always have a solution. It creates problems but it does gave lessons to bear.
1 person likes this
• China
17 Dec 08
I live in China, maybe it's difficult to imgrate other countries, you know, there are high conditions to imgrate. I thik it's little influence to your own country's economy and all illegal immigrats shouldn't be deported.
1 person likes this
@mods196621 (3631)
• Philippines
17 Dec 08
About the immigration here in my place I know they are to little strict to all immigrants here. For the immigrants here who wish to become a permanent residents are hard for them to do unless they marry a natural born citizens here. This is the only thing that I know how they will become a permanent residence here.
1 person likes this
@laglen (19782)
• United States
16 Dec 08
I view immigration as a good and positive thing. I think the current amount is good, I wouldn't increase it. Immigrants can certainly benefit our economy. By stimulating our economy and being PRODUCTIVE citizens. I think the current criteria is sufficient. I think ALL illegal immigrants should be fined and deported. That would stimulate our economy by taking out the people that are committing crimes, receiving public assistance, and taking up space.
• United States
16 Dec 08
How many illegal immigrants are receiving public assistance?
@momiecat (997)
• United States
16 Dec 08
Are you talking about immigration to the United States only? If so, the United States is built on immigration from way back in the 1800s. There are certain ways immigration can be positive and certain ways it can be negative. Of course there is the value of the work they do. The immigrants from Mexico, for instance, come here and do back-breaking labor for low wages. The problem begins when they migrate to areas that are already well populated. Too many people in one area can be a problem. As it is the custom of Hispanics to have large families, each year they add to that already overloaded population in these areas, like Los Angeles, for instance. It is also well known that since their earnings are so low, they need assistance from the government for things like groceries and therefore a huge number of these immigrants are receiving welfare and food stamps. As Mexico is so close to the United States, they are our biggest immigrants, legal and illegal. If we are talking about immigrants from other countries, some do bring money with them and do not need hand-outs. If they come here legally and abide by the rules, I have no problem. They will not drag the economy down. Basically, it boils down to abiding by the law and not being a burden on society and taxpayers. If this is the case and they come to contribute to society and not take away from it and do not cause more crowding in certain cities, I am okay with it.
• United States
16 Dec 08
I agree with most of what you said, and I do know that there are a lot of permanent resident aliens receiving government aid, but I'm pretty sure that all of those who are here illegally and receiving any kind of aid gotta be pretty slick to get that one by on the government.
@onesiobhan (1330)
• Canada
16 Dec 08
I live in Canada. We need immigrants because they bring much-needed skills into the country. Most of our immigrants are highly educated professionals and because our birth rate is so low we need young families. People think it's easy to get into Canada but it's not really, we have restrictions based on education and language. We don't have a huge problem with illegal immigrants, I think they should be evaluated on an individual basis - some people should be allowed to stay for compassionate reasons, others are fleeing the police from back home. Probably our biggest number of illegals come from the US!
• United States
16 Dec 08
I can believe that most of your illegals come from the US, almost every election I hear people say that if their candidate doesn't win, they're gonna move to Canada! LOL! But I have to agree with you, I think illegals should be evaluated on an individual basis. Unfortunately in America, if an illegal is reported and found, the good ones are always deported and a lot of the criminals are asked to stay as government informants. Doesn't make any sense to me!
• United States
16 Dec 08
Gah sorry, I meant the US, not America. Bad habit!
@momiecat (997)
• United States
16 Dec 08
Criminals from any country that are in another country illegally should be deported. If the good immigrants are here legally, then they should be allowed to stay. If they are here illegally, then they need to go through the proper legal methods to be allowed to come here legally and should go back to their country of origin until this can be done. Illegals should not be evaluated on an individual basis. They are here illegally. They are breaking the law. If they are "fleeing from police back home" and there is no legal reason for the police to be "chasing" them, then I think that the United States government should try to help the problem in that country and not just accept an illegal because of that reason. That would become a standard excuse for people fleeing here for that reason and would infringe upon the regulations of the law.
@spalladino (17925)
• United States
17 Dec 08
Ok, girly, here's my take on the current situation in the U.S. I believe that our legal immigration system is too slow and should be revamped so that those who come here *legally* can become citizens with less expense and hardship. I also believe that *legal* immigrants enhance our society with their traditions and work ethics. What I have a problem with are the *illegal immigrants* who sneak into this country in droves. They're not skilled, we have no idea who they are and many of them have committed serious crimes, both in their country and in this one. They're not just simple, innocent crop pickers, doing jobs that Americans don't want to do. In towns all over this country they can be found hanging out in the parking lots of Home Depot and Lowes, waiting to be picked up by contractors and landscapers as day laborers. They've taken jobs away from Americans in these and other fields because they work for less and for no benefits. They don't pay taxes, use Emergency Rooms in place of doctors offices and don't pay the bills and, frankly, you have no idea who's doing the work in your home if you hire a contractor anymore. Violent hispanic gangs have been responsible for an increase in crime in several major cities in this country. Do I think they should be deported? No, it's not physically possible to deport several million people. I think that our boarders need to be secured and that illegal immigrants need to have a means to become identified and legal. Any who have violent criminal records should be deported immediately. Employers who hire illegal immigrants should be heavily fined. The ability to get away with working without proper documentation is one of the reasons why they continue to come and, down here in Florida, many employers don't care. I worked for a company who didn't care. If a social security number came back as bad the employee was told to submit another one and he would...again and again. These were the cheap labor..the seasonal field workers who only worked for a couple of months at a time...and the girl in the HR dept. told me that it frustrated her because she knew they were illegal but it was "company policy" to ask again and again for a "correction" until the season ended and they were gone. One funny thing about Florida and illegal immigrants. If you come here from Cuba and manage to make it to dry land before you're caught, you get to stay. It's called the Wet Foot/Dry Foot rule and they are automatically granted residence status. Of course, the waters off Florida's coast are heavily patroled but lots of Cubans make it to shore.
• United States
17 Dec 08
I guess in my mind there is a major distinction between people who sneak in, and people who come here legally but their legal status expires. Honestly, I don't like that people are sneaking over. But as you said, it would be nearly impossible to deport them all, not only that, but I don't know how good it would be for the economy. The best thing to do is secure the border, but I'm not sure how I feel about building a wall around the southern border. I don't have a good feeling about it.
@spalladino (17925)
• United States
17 Dec 08
I agree with you about the distinction between the two as well. It should be easier for those who are willing to work with the system to become legal and stay legal.
@myskina (182)
• China
17 Dec 08
well , immigration is easy today , you know , there is lots of people to my country now , im Chinese , the 2008 Olympic Games in BeiJing , so many people come to here to tourism `` there is so easy there , the convenient traffic and the long culture , the beautiful Nest and the spectacular Water Cube , you will love here , so enjoy here ` there is nothing serious , just to further the friendship , so welcome you all over the world , welcome and if there are illegal immigrants , the sure should be deported , absolutely ``
• United States
17 Dec 08
I was surprised to read this about China... I thought China was very worried about overpopulation.
• United States
17 Dec 08
How do I view immigration in my country? Immigration is a joke here in the U.S. And yes, I think all illegal immigrants should be deported. The key word here is ILLEGAL! By being here illegally they are breaking the law and should be deported. Another thing, if you are going to come to this country at least have the courtesy to learn the language. Let's face it. Here in the U.S. we are mainly talking about illegal Mexican immigrants. Yes, they have effected our country's economy. The have taken away hundreds of thousands of jobs from U.S. citizens and legal immigrants simply because they will work for far less pay. People say that they perform jobs that Americans will not do. That is hogwash! It is just an exuce. I have no problem with people coming here legally. After all, our country is a nation of immigrants from all over the world. One more thing, and this may be off topic, but if the U.S has such a bad image throughout the world, why do these immigrants keep flocking here?
• United States
17 Dec 08
I think it's a misperception that Mexicans make up the majority of illegals. Sure, there are a lot of them, not arguing that, but honestly I know quite a few illegal immigrants, most of the immigrants that I know are here illegally but no one knows it, and none of them are Mexican and none of them are doing back breaking work that no one wants to do, and all of them are paying taxes. In fact my friend from Egypt just got deported the other day, so I can talk about him, he was brought here by his rich Egyptian uncle (a citizen) on a travel visa and worked for him at his restaurant. His uncle hires a lot of illegals and immigrants who don't have work permits at his restaurants, don't know why, because he doesn't pay any of 'em under the table, he gives them fake SSN (which means that not only are they paying taxes but they're paying taxes that they can never get anything out of). Anyway, the guy only got deported because he was reported (by his uncle lol). And that is how it works. People come here on student visas, work visas, or travel visas, decide that they like it here and don't want to leave, but guess what? Unless they have family here, the only way for them to get a green card is to marry a resident. The ONLY way. So they stay, hoping that no one reports them and trying to stay as far away from police as possible. I just don't think that that's right. There should be some easier path to citizenship other than getting married.
@4ftfingers (1314)
17 Dec 08
I work in construction (plumbing) and on site one company who build the interior walls, install the lagging and plaster them etc, is made up of about forty guys. All of them except two are from eastern European countries. There are only about 20 - 30 guys in total from other trades - plumbers, carpenters, scaffolders, etc, so these eastern Europeans make up more than half of the total number of people on site. It seems a bit strange to work somewhere where it is like this. But that said, they are good at their jobs and work very hard. They are generally very respectful and polite. There is often a language barrier, many of them don't speak very good English, which can make work difficult as it is essential for the different trades to be able to communicate between each other. The reason there are so many of them is because they are paid very low wages, that British people would not bother getting out of bed for. In this nanny state we live in, the public have become so lazy and fussy that many would rather sit on the dole and get less, than go out and do a hard days work. When I was at college, there was one guy, about 45 years old, who said that he wouldn't work for less than £10 an hour. He was on the dole and earnt much less than that. It enfuriates me that some people have this attitude, and it is the government that has caused this, by making it so easy to claim hand-outs. For this reason, I have more respect for immigrants, who work hard for the little they are paid. And don't blame the companies for employing them over Brits, as so many Brits are just too lazy.
• India
17 Dec 08
Illegal immigration from neighbouring countries creates problem to our country. Due to poverty they came in search of livelihood.But it has indirectly helped terrorist sneeking into our soil. They have no idealogy except to implant hatered and terrorism in the minds of local young boys in the name their religion. This made our common men to urge the Government to destroy all terrorist base operating in neighbouring soil.
@rizzu87 (860)
• Malaysia
17 Dec 08
I am currently staying in Malaysia as student. I think Malaysia is really promoting its country to bring in foreigners and thats a big source of income for them currently. There are international universities branches here which bring alot of students to Malaysia as it is however cheaper than studying in those countries like UK, USA and Australia. And immigration process here is not too difficult. Also here when a foreigner buy property here they get second home status visa. So they are promoting the country alot bring in money from foreigners. be happy and keep mylotting
• India
17 Dec 08
From an Indian point of view, its quite difficult to answer this question without sounding rude coz the only immigration problem we have is with poor Bangladeshi muslims. It’s a sad harsh truth. India sees very little immigration on the west side except maybe when Pakistani fishermen stray into Indian soil and overstay. But the main problem is on the east of this country where illegal immigrants have in many areas changed the demographic pattern of certain areas. They of course create havoc with the local economy and also with the security of this country. Problem is with our politicians who know this very well, yet issue voter ID cards to these people in the hope of getting votes during elections. At least in India, where the population is so huge and we have our own unemployment problems, all illegal immigrants should be deported.
• Pakistan
17 Dec 08
Immigration can be beneficial to a country lacking work force. Many immigrants travel abroad to fulfill their dreams however coming to the cases of illegal immigrants according to a survey conducted it concludes that most of the people intending to migrate try to go through the legal process but the strict laws often make it impossible for them to get through. an ease of law should help people entering easily and as well as help to keep a track record if they are entering legally.