When a person moves from one country to another country, he or she should hold some legal immigration documents and follow the immigration certain rules of the other country.
Entering into the U.S. by violating the U.S. immigration laws, is called illegal immigration. People cross the borders illegally without obtaining the required visas and travel documents, and such people are called undocumented immigrants. This kind of immigration creates a lot of economic and social issues in the U.S. Apart from that, people illegally overstay their visas and remain in the country beyond the date of termination of their visas and by doing so they violate the U.S. immigration laws and remain in the country as undocumented immigrants.
Around 15 percent of the foreign nationals in the U.S. are found to be undocumented immigrants and now there are more than 10 million undocumented immigrants in the country. Similarly thousands of Mexican nationals illegally cross the borders and enter into the U.S. Many undocumented immigrants are also from Columbia and South American countries.
People from foreign countries enter into the U.S. illegally for various reasons.
- Some enter into the country hoping that they can find better jobs in the U.S. and earn more.
- Most of them are poor and are unable to help themselves and they cross the borders in search of money and in search of a better future.
The U.S. has been taking a lot of efforts to put an end to illegal immigration. Even if the undocumented immigrants are deported from the U.S. most of them try to get into the country illegally again after few days.
“Operation Streamline” is a measure adopted by the U.S. to identify people who are trying to get into the county illegally. According to this, the person who breaks the U.S. immigration laws, will be sent to jail and will undergo criminal proceedings. He will also be removed from the country.
Apart from Operation Streamline, U.S. has also taken several other measures to prevent people from getting into the country illegally. “Americans for legal immigration” is a political group that has been formed to work against illegal immigration. Though the country has been taking efforts to get rid of illegal immigration, illegal immigration is still continuing.