An Alien’s Guide to the USA


Artists’ Statement

By: Enrique Avalos, Talia Bloom, Andrew Pongtananon, Lud Sunny

The United States is a very popular destination for immigrants seeking a better lifestyle to settle down in- approximately 20 percent of the migrants of the globe are attracted to the US, a country which makes up only 5 percent of the world’s population. There are about 80 million first and second generation immigrants out of the 316 million Americans, and  it is estimated that 12-20 million undocumented immigrants currently reside in the United states. The number of immigrants entering the U.S. illegally is increasing, and it is considered virtually impossible to estimate an accurate number of undocumented immigrants in America.

It is often argued  that the immigrant population is overwhelmingly out of control. Some people claim that undocumented immigrants are taking the jobs that rightfully belong to American-born citizens in need of them- these kinds of jobs are often ones that pay minimum wage. It is further claimed that undocumented immigrants do not have the right to take up so much space and money in the United States incarceration, economic and educational systems, even coming from potentially hostile or poverty-stricken countries. These people believe that illegal immigrants are breaking the law by entering the country without documentation,  and that they, as criminals, do not have the right to be so invested in the U.S. economy.

Some of the major solutions in debate concerning how to resolve the increasing legal and illegal immigration rates include enforcement of border security and deportation, in contrast to a second tactic, which is to provide a smoother transition for immigrants to become U.S. citizens. One potential border security resolution is the building a wall dividing the United States and Mexican border, as many of  the undocumented immigrants entering the U.S. arrive from Mexico (an estimated 59 percent of undocumented immigrants are Mexican). It is also suggested that border security and deportation should be increased by enforcement of more security agents to guard this border and deportation agents to transport undocumented immigrants back to their home countries. A path to citizenship would be enforced by

These narratives strive to explore the potential solutions to the overpopulation of immigration, and how to best regulate immigrants, documented and undocumented



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