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The policymakers as well as the general population hold a different view regarding immigration and the laws associated with it. A certain percentage of the population is in favor of strict laws and regulations, while others support relaxed regulations. The debate even focuses on whether there should be easier pathways for naturalization or strict rules that should be implemented to make the route to naturalization difficult for illegal immigrants. The stakeholders are even concerned about whether legal or illegal immigrants pose a threat or are beneficial for the society of the United States.
PrevalenceA huge number of immigrants enter the United States through illegal as well as legal methods from various nations including Mexico, Guatemala, and various other regions. Homeland Security is the United States-based governmental organization that has the responsibility to protect the borders as well as the entire United States and is quite actively trying to enforce the laws of the United States that are related to immigration. Homeland Security reported that during the period of 2013 a total of more than 0.
66 million immigrants entered or tried to enter the United States and were apprehended by them and the major percentage of the immigrants belonged to the region of Mexico (Simanski 1).Opinions Regarding ImmigrationThe entire nation along with the two major political parties of the United States including the Democrats and the Republicans are quite divided regarding their opinion about immigration and laws concerning immigration. The Democrats are largely in favor of immigrants and are against the implementation of strict immigration laws and they have exhibited this while voting for and against regulations proposed in the senate.
According to Hajnal, no democrat within the Arizona Legislature voted in favor of SB 1070 during the period of 2010 (Hajnal 1). The purpose of SB 1070 was to increase the severity of laws regarding immigration and the law required that the immigrants should carry their documents and their documents could be checked by a police officer if they are arrested.