A Comparison Between Immigration Issues in the World and Longmont Colorado, USA

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Global immigration for a very long time has been writhed with numerous issues that affect the immigrants, the countries receiving the immigrants and the countries that experience departure of the immigrants. In recent years, immigration has been making more headlines with the most noticeable one being the ban on immigrants coming from the Middle East to America by President Trump. It is imperative to note that as the world experiences globalization in nations' economies, trade and investment, borders should be opened more easily to enhance the free flow of goods and products. However, immigration has experienced several issues across the globe. Some of the profound challenges are; the exploitation that immigrants face for their cheap labor, and the brain drain that developing countries suffer from since their developed talents are enticed to move to more developed countries (Eliot et al. 459). Immigration also attracts criminal elements and concerns of illegal immigration usually generate ill-feelings towards most of the immigrants who play a fundamental role in contributing to the economy. Most importantly, immigration, if not controlled, might create a social or political issue, where racism might be used in the exploitation of feelings or as an excuse for current challenges facing the local population. There are few immigration issues in Longmont Colorado as compared to the rest of the world. The City of Longmont is very welcoming and respects all residents. One of its priorities is to create a safe and inclusive for everyone who lives, works and plays in that community. The city has established immigration policies to support its ideals of creating a better community. Some of these policies are; provision of public safety services to residents of the community irrespective of their immigration status, the policy encourages undocumented immigrants to access public safety services whenever needed, and the city builds and sustains relationships and trust with its undocumented immigrant community (Roney 55). Immigration in Longmont Colorado has several advantages as compared to immigration in the rest of the world. It is more inclusive and treats both documented and undocumented immigrants equally regarding access to public facilities and safety services. The city has also built trust and relationships with its undocumented immigrant community.

The original inhabitants of Longmont came from Japan, Germany, Russia, and Latinos whose majority came from within the United States. Latinos came from New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma. The Latinos migrated to Longmont to work thinning, hoeing, digging and topping sugar beets. Germany and Russia came as explorers. Nowadays, the immigrants in Longmont are more protected by the states as compared to the early days of immigrants in the city. They were predisposed to numerous criminal activities and racism by the natives. However, President Trump has become stricter with undocumented immigrants, and the majority of them are being deported back to their countries. Immigration policies have also become extremely tough on immigrants.

Works Cited

Elliott, Doreen, et al. "Immigration Worldwide: Themes and Issues." Immigration Worldwide, 2009, pp. 451-464.

Roney, Karen. "Focus on Longmont On Becoming an Appreciative City." AI Practitioner, vol. 15, no. 3, 2013, pp. 49-61.

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