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Macie Miller

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Restricted CORE Hall of Fame Paper

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[Excerpt] The United States is founded on the basis of immigration. The first “Americans” moved here from Europe and stole the land from the natives. Had they not stolen this land, the United States would not exist. Tens of millions of immigrants move to the United States every year (USA Facts). This country is a boiling pot of different cultures, races, and ethnicities. These immigrants are the backbone to our country. They are essential to everyday life here. However, following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the twin towers, the country began cracking down on immigration. As a result of this, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, was formed in 2003 by President Bush and the Department of Homeland Security (Dept of Homeland Security). This was supposed to be a way to ensure the United States is safe from cross-border crime and illegal immigration. The creation of this agency led to a substantial increase in immigration raids and deportation of immigrants in the United States. The children of these immigrants are often overlooked in immigration policy because of the fact that they are often citizens of the United States. Children of immigrants are harmed by the practices of ICE. Due to the negative health effects on children, such as increased anxiety, lower levels of happiness, and emotional distress, ICE raids, which lead to the detention and the deportation of immigrants, should be prohibited.