In recent years a wave of immigration has been sweeping over many parts of the globe. In addition to legal immigration, vast numbers of others some estimates as many as 15 million world wide now seek asylum as refugees. Many wish to be admitted to the United States, a situation that poses acute problem for the governments Immigration and Naturalization Service INS. Whatever legislation is enacted or revised to determine who shall be admitted, it is realistic to conclude that only a fraction of those desiring to settle here can be legally accommodated. This paper will examine many of the immigration issues facing our legislators and community leaders. To form a framework for analysis we will take a brief historical look at U.S. immigration policy and attitudes then pragmatically examine our relationship with Mexico, from where between 80-90 of all legal and illegal immigrants flow into the U.S. then assess the impact of Asian and Haitian immigration and last we will analyze and explore solutions to these complicated issues driven by strong economic, political, and social forces.