Is Emotion Outweighing Practicality Regarding Immigration?


In light of the ongoing debate regarding appropriate measures for immigration reform, The Hill recently published an opinion piece stating that emotion should not override “common sense.”

An Overview of the Immigration Debate

Matters regarding immigration policy were particularly thrust to the forefront of American conversation during the 2016 election. Republicans and Democrats alike each have their own opinions and viewpoints regarding their ideas of the proper reform measures. Typically, conservatives are more in favor of enforcing current immigration regulations. Right-leaning Americans also champion the merits of cracking down on unlawful entry into the United States.

Democrats and left-leaning Americans, however, have an overwhelming contrasting viewpoint. Individuals who support leftist ideologies are more likely to prioritize the plights and reasons of persons who criminally enter the United States. Hardcore liberals have even criticized the term “illegal immigrant,” opining that no human can be ‘illegal.’

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However, many conservatives and Republicans feel differently. Right-wingers tend to support the notion of law and order, noting the perils of illegal immigration and its subsequent impact on U.S. jobs and taxpayers. Nevertheless, each side remains at war with the other. Republicans and Democrats alike each believe that they are right and the opposing party is wrong.

An Overview of The Hill’s Opinion Piece

The writer of the aforementioned opinion piece warns against employing the emotional appeal regarding immigration laws. Brian Lonergan, the writer, moreover sheds light on the “Harris Model.”

According to the foregoing model, illegal immigrants are deserving of preferential treatment. The Harris Model encourages granting individuals who unlawfully entered this country immunity from immigration laws in addition to immunity from crimes such as armed robbery. Lonergan then states that if Democrats choose to campaign with the aforementioned policy plan, a second term of Trump’s Presidency is “secured.”

Many conservatives and Trump supporters have echoed the talking points of Lonergan; most right-wingers generally express opposition towards the employment of the emotional appeal regarding illegal immigration.

What Do Americans Think Regarding Immigration?

People of all different ideologies and across the nation each have their own opinions pertaining to immigration. However, readers of The Hill did not hesitate to share their viewpoints and takeaways from the aforesaid opinion piece:

You are either here legally or you are not.

If you don’t want your family broken up… don’t break the law.

Children quickly learn to exploit the weaknesses of adults. Progressives are simply children who have never grown up.