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How do we solve the problem of illegal immigration?

America is an immigrant nation. As such, illegal immigration is caused by poorly constructed legal immigration policies. For instance, if there were no limits on immigration into the United States of America, no such thing as an “illegal immigrant” would exist. Illegal status is created when Congress places limitations on who can and who cannot enter the United States.

The solution to illegal immigration is to create realistic rules about legal immigration. Those rules should recognize the real needs of business for agricultural, seasonal, temporary and other types of laborers, and the humanity of the immigrant workers and their families. The United States needs a fair system for its citizens, businesses and immigrants, but to date Congress has lacked the ability to create and implement such a system. This is why many states, for better or worse, have tried to find their own solutions to the problems created by a broken federal immigration system.

Dig deeper:

Policy Paper: How Much Crime do Undocumented Immigrants Commit in Utah?

Short Paper: Accountability is the Best Enforcement for Undocumented Immigrants in Utah

Short Paper: Are Undocumented Immigrants ‘Criminals’?

Short Paper: Understanding the Shrill Response of Nativism

Short Paper: Illegal Immigrants in Utah and the Rule of Law

Article: Myths About Illegal Immigration

Article: Basic Facts on Illegal Immigration

Paper: Onus or Opportunity? Conservatism and Illegal Immigration in Utah

Book: History of Immigration

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