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The United States was built by immigrants many of whom were seeking a new life and a new land Early in the nations history anyone could move to the United States But throughout history the federal government has placed limits on who can and who cannot come to the United States to live and work After the terrorist attack of September 11 2001 many immigrants and visitors have felt less welcome Many Americans favored tighter restrictions on immigration border control and better tracking of visitors although immigrants have contributed greatly to the countries cultural economic and political fabric Immigrants are the cornerstone of American society and they should not be blamed for what took place on September 11 Immigrants fill jobs and pay taxes which contributes to a strong US economy Most immigrants come to the United States primarily to earn money so they also bring with them a strong work ethic and a desire to succeed If the United States was to put restrictions on immigration it would only serve to depress the economy Profiling and assuming certain ethnic groups of people are guilty just because of their background is not right doing so will only alienate law abiding immigrants also for the simple fact that it is not legal and therefore should not be done Although the justice department is right to track down immigrants living in the country illegally that does not give them the right to assume legal immigrants are guilty of anything by basing their assumption on ethnicity alone To single out particular ethnic or religious groups goes completely against American values and liberties Enforcing immigration laws is a good idea but costly inefficient tracking systems are not the way to go So far immigration officials have not been able to handle the volume of information being collected about nonresident visitors and students Invasive tracking procedures should not be used because it will deter tourists visitors and
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