Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2016

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Political Science

Committee Chair

Mathew Manweller

Second Committee Member

Geraldine O'Mahony

Third Committee Member

Dominic Klyve


The main objective of this thesis is to identify the most beneficial ways to reform the current immigration system of the United States of America. To do so, this paper first identifies and explains how the current immigration system works. The thesis then analyzes how the current system is broken, and how this broken system has lead to the undocumented immigrant population. It explains that how the system is structured, incentivizes immigrants to enter unauthorized. Next it identifies the benefits and costs of the undocumented immigrant population to the United States. This is done to better understand what should be done with this population. Finally it shows the four most beneficial ways to fix the current immigration system.