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The sun seems unrelenting as it beats down on the two families huddled together in a rickety makeshift boat The rafters have been floating in the open sea for what seems to them like years Their food and water supplies have run out and the littlest ones cry out of hunger But the keep going Because they know that once their feet touch the land of opportunity their prayers will be answered Finally their raft makes it to the ankle-deep waters and they are only a few short steps away from dry land and freedom As quickly as the wave of relief and happiness rushes over the rafters so does it disappear The Coast Guard is there and telling them that they will be shipped back So close to freedom Other families know what its like to have freedom snatched away After years of working six days a week for miniscule wages sewing dresses or picking vegetables they have had freedom and the opportunity of a better life taken away after being rounded up by Immigration Naturalization Services and deported back to Guatemala Honduras or Mexico These are only two examples of the travesties that occur daily in the land of opportunity and freedomthe Unites States of America The United States was built by immigrants many seeking a new life in a new land Before 1882 anyone could move to the United States As the population grew however the Federal government decided to control immigration But they have done this in a very inconsistent manner letting some people in from one country more than others from another country The current US immigration policy is immoral unethical and inconsistent in its dealings with immigrants Early immigration laws aimed to preserve the racial religious and ethnic composition of the United States which was then largely European Wilbanks 1993 p1 The first immigration laws were aimed at nonwhites In 1882 for example the Chinese Exclusion Act suspended immigration
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