In this country, we have had a past of anti-immigration movements, and as we all know, it is a moving phenomena. Our stance on immigration tends to shift according to our economy and our political standing, but it doesn’t seem to have been in favor of immigrants for many years. We have had the Chinese Exclusion Act, the National Origins Act, the Hart-Cellar Act, and other immigration reforms that have shifted the way that we have worked against or maybe slightly towards immigrants. Still, there are many who are against immigration in the sense that they think their jobs will be taken away from them which is completely ridiculous. Immigrants only ever take the jobs that Americans don’t want because it is too demeaning or too physically demanding. We don’t want to work as a busboy at the back of a diner or be cleaning the bathrooms at a restaurant, so those are the jobs that immigrants take because they need the only and they are in so situation to complain. While many immigrants come to the states legally (as shown in the graph below), they overstay their allotted time, and from them on become ‘illegal’ immigrants ( or a better term would be undocumented immigrants because how is someone illegal? Actions are illegal, not people themselves ). There are many reasons why they would be unable to redo their paperwork, as time is unlimited, or maybe they have been working to get their paperwork done, but have been scammed. A close friend of mine had come into this country when she was very young, and her family had been scammed twice while trying to apply for a green card. Things like this make it difficult for the families to become documented immigrants, as our immigration policies have become so strict that it is almost impossible for immigrants to become citizens unless they have a certain family connection or they work in a company where they would apply for a green card in your name, which is widely untrue since most immigrants work at jobs with little to no benefits. So even while we have been against immigration, we also have a need for their labor. As Kwong states in “What’s Wrong with the US Immigration Debate?” there is a need for immigration labor, as it becomes cheaper to get what we need done. While we are against immigration in the fear that they may take jobs away, we also keep them here to work for us as cheap labor, because Americans are always about bettering themselves and letting others do the dirty work for us.