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E Pluribus Unum: A Study of Immigrants, Illegal and Legal, in the United States and Reform Policies

Publication Details: 

“E Pluribus Unum”: The Study of Immigrants, Illegal and Legal, in the United States
and Reform Policies
Ami M. Lytle
Master’s in Paralegal Studies, The George Washington University

Publication Month: 
December 2009

Ami Lytle, raised in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, graduated in 2007 from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania obtaining a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology. While studying at Duquesne University, she spent a semester abroad in Rome, Italy and also visited England, France, Spain, Greece, and Tunisia. She also spent a month in Santiago, Chile. In 2010, she graduated from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. with a Masters of Professional Studies degree in Paralegal Studies. From Winter 2008 to Fall 2012, she was living and working in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as an Immigration Paralegal. In Fall 2012, Ami moved to Charlotte, North Carolina where she continues to work as an Immigration Paralegal.


The purpose of this study was to establish the positives and negatives of being an immigrant, legally and illegally, in the United States as well as examining the reasons that cause them to maintain or prevent them from a successful lifestyle. A balance was established between legal and illegal immigrants and how developing a stronger immigration reform policy for the future will help each party and the United States. Reform policies that were addressed are economic integration, English language acquisition, naturalization, and immigration integration and assistance programs. Research began with an internet search of current articles and events in this topic. The topics were further cultivated with work experience and using library research to develop the final product. The final product resulted in the conclusion that the American people, cannot imply that immigration is an all or nothing scenario. There is a balance between anti- immigration, no immigrants, and pro-immigration, no borders.


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