For my synthesis essay, I chose to write about ways we can reform our immigration system to make it more efficient. In my family, there are immigrants from Mexico and Peru on both my mom’s side and my dad’s side, so this is an issue that I have a personal tie to. I found and read and article titled “Four Ways We Can Improve Our Immigration System” by Scott Arbeiter from the World Relief Organization.
In this article, Arbeiter talks about his own experiences and observations and how they have lead him to deeply care about this issue. He then lists four things he believe we need to focus on to improve the function of our immigration system.
The first is addressing the root causes of what causes people to migrate and seek asylum. The US government should work with countries like Honduras and Guatemala to help with issues such as violent crime and environmental degradation. If the quality of life is better in these places, less people will leave. The second thing is increasing resources for processing asylum claims to prevent unlawful entry into the country. We need to find a way to more efficiently handle the increasing amount of asylum claims. This will also help reduce the amount of people who feel they need to enter the country illegally and unsafely. Third, is that we can increase orderly and legal migration options closer to immigrants’ home countries. This could mean immigrants being able to request help from a US consulate in a neighboring country, then making the trip to the US after being processed instead of before. Finally, we need bipartisan policy and support. The policies made should work to benefit the US economically and politically. The author then calls for readers to educate themselves on this issue to help make change.
I think this was a well written article that offered me new perspectives on the topic.