Both the United States and EU have decided to tighten their already strict immigration laws. The measures to tackle illegal immigration introduced in the new immigration bill in the United States in many ways resembles the flaws already made in European Union.
The new bill includes the use of force by troops and police to stop immigrants from entering the United States. There are also plans to build a 700-mile fence on the Mexican border. All these measures have already been tried in EU with results of death and misery.
Last autumn, Europeans were shocked with news about African immigrants being killed in Spanish enclaves in Morocco while trying to reach European soil. Later, the Moroccan government expelled these migrants to the Sahara desert without food or water. Since December, these mostly Sub-Saharan African immigrants have changed their departure point from Morocco to Mauritania after the EU pressured Morocco to tighten its border control. The Red Cross estimates that more than 1,000 people have died since the beginning of this year trying to enter "Fortress Europe".
The United States is still the ultimate honey-pot that immigrants from below the border want to reach, but many, especially Africans without contacts in the States, start their new lives in Europe. Escaping poverty, hunger, wars, political persecution, and unemployment, these immigrants try to reach "the land of milk and honey". Unfortunately Europe doesn't seem to stand up for its reputation. During last autumn's riots in France, a young Frenchman said: "When you're an immigrant here, you're just stuck in your shit. Does it really surprise you it's going up in flames?"
The other similarity I find in immigration policies of both the U.S. and EU is the hypocrisy; even though western nations are dependent on immigrant labour to do jobs westerners don't want or simply filling the void in the labour market, politicians refuse to grant them any benefits enjoyed by the legal workforce. The naturalisation of immigrants' status would benefit both sides. The government would know who's living within its borders and could collect tax revenues; the immigrants would be granted a safer work environment and at least the minimum wage.