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The United States is a nation born from immigrants; however, there is a right way in becoming an American (Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to Ronile).

Disclaimer: I am in no way, shape, or form against immigration, so long as it is done legally.

The United States is a nation born from immigrants. Our founding fathers were immigrants themselves, moving away from all they knew, trying to build a better life. This is still true today; the U.S. constantly has people from other nations coming to our country, applying for citizenship, and striving to achieve the American Dream. However, there are people living in our country who came in stealthily, bringing with them crime and drugs, thus, affecting the safety and lives of the Americans who came in legally or were here from the start.

The undocumented immigrants coming into the U.S. are, mostly, trying to escape the poverty, crime, and drugs that their country currently possesses. However, by fleeing it, the original culprits of these crimes follow,  bringing the issues into the United States. According to Michael Snyder, author of The Economic Collapse Blog, “Nearly 1000 illegal immigrants have been convicted of committing sex crimes against children in the state of Texas alone,” and “Illegal immigrants have a murder rate that is 3 to 10 times higher than the general population.” For example, in 2015, San Francisco woman Kaitlyn Steinle was shot dead by an undocumented immigrant on a pier while walking with her father and family friend. The bullet that hit her “ricocheted off the pier’s concrete walkway before it struck her.” This man, Garcia Zarate, also had a history of five deportations and returns to the U.S. and multiple drug offenses. Granted, these are just a few scenarios to demonstrate what could possibly occur.

Of course, not all immigrants are coming in and bringing crime with them, but instead coming to escape it. Some of these people come in with the strongest work ethics and commit to a job to work their way to success. In fact, these specific immigrants contribute significantly to state and local taxes, boosting the economy in some areas of the country. They are coming in to build a better life for themselves. While this is completely understandable, there is a right way to enter the U.S. that is better for both the country and the immigrant.

I myself know at least four people who came into the United States legally. Because they went through the immigration process, they have peace of mind knowing they came into this country without breaking any laws. The government has the “security of mind” knowing who is coming in and staying in the nation, which helps protect its natural born citizens. This is the main point of my argument: safety. The U.S.A should be aware of who is coming in, how they are getting in, and what they are bringing in. They will then be able to protect the citizens who worked hard to get here in the first place.

The diversity our country experiences from immigration is fundamental to the open-mindedness we as human beings need. Because of it, our nation has been able to grow in ways it could not if everyone had the same background. The different cultures color the country from sea to shining sea, allowing everyone to be their own individual; the only thing every resident should have in common is their citizenship.