Throughout the course of history, one of the main reasons that illegal immigration increased was the government’s changes in immigration policies.Instead of viewing immigrants to the US as a resource for employment or for their skills, the government began to focus on “family relations” as a main justification for immigration from other places.
With this law in affect in 1965, this led to a massive increase of immigrants because family members who were already here in the US were allowed to import other distant relatives. This “preference” of bringing over immigrant families indirectly contributed to the problem of illegal immigrants.
Also, some of the more political reasons why immigrants would come to the US is because of government issues. In some countries, such as Africa or Cambodia, many people suffer under the repressive power of their government. This suffering of the people would classify them as refugees if they came to the US. Furthermore, an example of a political issue that drove immigrants to come here are the Rwanda, the Vietnam War, and other political conflicts. Political power and conflicts are often the cause of why people would choose to come to the US and seek the safety of security that the US can provide.
Edwards, James. "Two sides of the same coin." Center for Immigration studies. Feb 2006. Center for immigration studies. 12 Jul 2006 <http://www.cis.org/articles/2006/back106.html>