Hi, need to submit a 1500 words paper on the topic Illegal Immigrants in the United States. Besides this, penalties in terms of fine and even jail sentences are also not uncommon for people who come to the US illegally. There is an urgent need to monitor such federal offences against the United States more closely and necessary action taken that could handle such situations with aplomb and tact. Besides, the judiciary and the law enforcement authorities have to enforce justice and the culprits should be brought before the due process of law.
However, it is possible that the illegal foreigners who enter and stay back in the country illegally could claim justice under the Equal Protection clause as was enunciated by the Supreme Court in Plyler v Doe case. “In Plyler v. Doe, the Supreme Court struck down a Texas law prohibiting enrollment of illegal aliens in public school. In its decision, the Court held, “The illegal aliens who are plaintiffs in these cases challenging the statute may claim the benefit of the Equal Protection Clause, which provides that no State shall deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. Whatever his status under the immigration laws, an alien is a person in any ordinary sense of that term. The undocumented status of these children vel non does not establish a sufficient rational basis for denying them benefits that the State affords other residents.” (Longley).
However, it needs to be discovered whether the Equal Protection Clause is available to all or only to the natural citizen of this country. It would indeed be injudicious that all illegal entrants to the country of the US should be offered the privilege of Equal Protection Clause available to its citizens. Basically, the question boils down to discrimination, among the rightful citizens of the country and illegal immigrants. The 1st Amendment draws its strength from the 5th and 14th Amendment, referring to equal protection under the law by extension.
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