Undocumented Immigration to the United States, Explained

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To explain why or how international migration occurs and why immigrants decide, or perhaps<br>are forced, to migrate without legal documentation is a very complex issue. It takes me an entire<br>semester to explain to my students the complexities associated with how and why undocumented<br>[undoc. thereafter) immigration to the U.S. exists. Here, I explain just that, why people migrate<br>without legal documents to the United States. Basically, it is because they have no other choice.<br>While the U.S. maintains a huge demand for cheap labor and unskilled occupations, U.S.<br>Immigration laws don’t provide an avenue for these undoc. Immigrants [immig. thereafter] the<br>majority from Mexico and Central America to do it the right way, so they end up with no other<br>choice but to do it clandestinely. Today we have a broken immigration system. Almost 11<br>million undoc. immig. are scattered all over the U.S. and are deeply discriminated against,<br>working under extreme exploitative co
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the Texas Tech University Ethics Center
StatePublished - Apr 24 2019


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