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Illegal Immigration

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Table of Contents Title Page No. Introduction..................................................................................1 The Impact of Illegal Immigration on: Education System......................................................................... HealthCare System....................................................................... Economy.................................................................................... Significance of immigration Problem in New Providence........................ Analysis..................................................................................... Recommendations........................................................................ Conclusion................................................................................. Bibliography.............................................................................. Appendix..................................................................................... Introduction The problems created by waves of illegal immigrants leaving Haiti for the Bahamas are very real. Every succeeding year sees an increase in the amount of those caught while trying to get into the Bahamas. Coming from a life of poverty and despair would cause anyone to search for a better life, a life in which there is a belief that all things are possible. This is the belief Haitians have about the Bahamas. They believe that our growing economy would provide them with the opportunity that their life in Haiti has not. They think of the Bahamas as a place where they can find a job and live a better life than that of Haiti. Long, hard, tedious and with many struggles, this is what life is like for many Haitians living in their improverished homeland (COB). Most of these immigrants migrate searching for work and the opportunity to live a better life. In 2001, Haiti's per capita gross domestic product was $460, which placed it among the world's poorest nations (COB). Even though this is an unfortunate circumstance for Haitians, too many of them are migrating to the Bahamas and if this trend continues then we ourselves will be placed in a financial and economical dilemma. To show the effects that this problem has on the Bahamas a cross - sectional study on the impact of immigration in New Providence for the period of Spring Semester 2008 was compiled and researched by Christina Anderson, Dion Jones and Valendrea Rahming. ...read more.

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Mrs. Adderley discussed that as a result of overcrowding in school students have less one on one session with teachers, which would therefore lead to lower grades and test scores. This does not only impact the grades or education of the Bahamian students but also the Haitian or Jamaican student that goes to that particular school as well. Moreover, overcrowding puts a financial strain on the Government and Education system because more provisions have to be made to accommodate the increasing number of students who are here illegally. For example, new schools have to be built for more space and more teachers have to be hired to teach the students. Impact of the Immigration on the health care system Nurse Karen Burrows There are many problems that develop in connection to illegal immigrants and the health care system. Three pressing problems them are language barrier, expenses and room. Language barrier is a problem because when the doctors and nurses do not understand what people who have migrated from other countries illegally are saying, often times than most, many of the illegal immigrants are misdiagnosed and receive the wrong treatments which can then lead to further complications. Secondly, expenses is also a major issue, because money has to be spent on treatments and other materials that may be needed, for example, needles, on both the illegal immigrants and legal residents of New Providence. Money also has to be spent on food to feed everyone who is admitted to the hospital as well. Lastly, the space that is available in the hospitals and clinics. There is limited amount of space available in the hospitals and clinics, therefore, many people either do not receive proper healthcare because after they receive treatment they may be sent home to heal so that beds may be available for someone else. ...read more.

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Harsher penalties will deter them from coming to New Providence and make some other place more attractive for travel. * When Haitians are caught and detained during Apprehension Exercises they should be educated on the dangers and risks that they take in trying to smuggle themselves into the country. * Try to get more translators who can be permanently stationed at the hospital in case of an emergency to solve the language the language barrier problem. * Because the law states that people cannot be refused healthcare, another hospital should be built to accommodate a large population, thus offering more rooms. * If healthcare officials are aware of patients who are in the hospitals or clinics illegally, they should report them all to help combat the problem of having illegal immigrants in the Bahamas. * It needs to be made clear and placed into law that any Bahamian found aiding these illegal's in obtaining a job should be fined. * Popular squatting grounds of illegals needs to be monitored on a weekly basis and then raided if and when others decide to squat there. Conclusion The Government needs a program to end illegal immigration ensuring that people who enter illegally or overstay cannot obtain employment, public benefits, public education, housing, or any taxpayer funded benefit. Illegal immigrants are a problem to the Bahamas. Therefore they shouldn't come here illegally just to get a job to make money or go to school just to get a higher education. They should come here legally to get that stuff that they need. It is not our burden to baby-sit the world. There's no reason that we should have to clothe, feed, and shelter every-one that feels oppressed in his or her country, because if we do, we'll end up crowded and overpopulated to say the least. ...read more.

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