"E Pluribus Unum"-- from many, one. We are a nation of immigrants, yet still must constantly be reminded of our shared heritage with those currently setting out for America. Immigration benefits our country, permitting immigrants to better themselves as they enrich the United States. Still, we are unable to admit all those who wish to start new lives within our borders, and ultimately many of those denied legal entry still fight to achieve the better life America has to offer.
Illegal immigration today is having devastating effects on our country, occurring at historic rates and far exceeding that of any other time in our history. Illegal immigration spurns violence and crime on the border, takes jobs away from our citizens while lowering wages, and costs the federal and state governments millions of dollars each year.
The U.S. Border Patrol estimates that more than eight million illegal immigrants reside in the United States, and half a million more continue to cross the border each year. These immigrants, about a third of whom originate from Mexico, are posing a serious strain on our economy and job market. Mexican immigrants in particular are estimated to earn ten times the wage in the U.S. as they earn in Mexico, making the illegal trek into America even more alluring (U.S. Census Pg. 2).
Illegal Immigration has grown into a specialized industry, dealing jointly in the trafficking of human lives and drugs. Lance Izumi, a journalist for Capital Ideas, points to the fact that nearly 15 percent of California's state prison inmate population is made up of illegal aliens (approximately 22,000 prisoners), and that in 1997-98, the state expected to spend half a billion dollars for incarceration and parole supervision of convicted illegal alien criminals. In Los Angeles, 95 percent of all outstanding warrants for homicide (which total 1,200 to 1,500) target illegal aliens and up to two-thirds of all fugitive felony warrants (17,000) are for illegal...
...Invasion of Illegal Immigrants
The United States has been invaded—not by a conquering army or some world superpower. These invaders take on a different form. They have no leader, no weapons of mass destruction, and no militaristic plan of attack. Yet these invaders pose one of the greatest threats to America’s future. Who are these dreaded invaders who pose such a threat? They are illegal immigrants.
In the past few years, illegal immigrants have become a major topic in the political realm. Peter Katel, the author of “IllegalImmigration” and many other well known political articles, is a highly respected author and correspondent in Newsweek’s Miami Journal. According to Peter Katel, it is estimated that more than ten million illegal immigrants are now living in the United States. This number has increased from only 3.5 million fifteen years ago (Katel 3). Illegal immigrants threaten to destroy America’s economy, national and domestic security, and culture.
Why are illegal aliens a security issue?
One of the biggest fears concerning the illegalimmigration problem is the security issue that arises. In 1993 the World Trade Center was bombed by two Middle Eastern men, Mohamed and Mahmud Abouhalima, who had gained permanent residence in the country illegally. These two men used flaws and loopholes in the...
...reasonable, but with countless illegal immigrants doing so every year, it is becoming a big problem. In fact, Illegalimmigration overpopulates the U.S. and creates Economic and social difficulties. But it also culturally diversifies the country and gives a chance for the most unprivileged of us.
Since the founding of James Town in 1607, immigrants have been coming to America. Some wanted freedom to worship, others searched for gold or other forms of wealth, and many were dragged here in chains against their will (Plesser, 3). This was only the beginning. The flow of immigrants into the United States stayed on a gradually increasing rate since the 17th century. The United States encouraged immigration during its first century of existence. A multitude of Immigrants came into the United States to work in the farms and help clear the new frontier. The U.S. was on the verge of its largest historical expansion. Immigrants were needed to do diversified jobs. took up the offer because they saw a chance of freedom in the New World (Plesser, 6).
There were only a few immigrants in 1820. Only 8,000 immigrants entered the United States. Then, the number began to raise slowly, an increase that would continue, with ebbs and flows, for almost a century. From 1820 to 1920, over 51 million Immigrants entered America. One of the first attempts to slow the migration rate was the Oriental Exclusion Act of 1882. In 1882, Congress...
...“Argument Against IllegalImmigration”
America has traditionally been known as a “melting pot,” welcoming people from different countries. However, during the past few years, there has been an influx of illegal immigrants that a lot of people view as a threat to the sovereignty of our nation. This flood of undocumented immigrants has spawned a debate about whether illegal immigrants should be allowed to cross national borders and stay in the country to start a new life. In June 2008, an article titled “Argument for IllegalImmigration” was published in the Los Angeles Times where Milton Friedman discusses illegalimmigration and its benefits to our nation. According to the article, “…immigration, over the Southern border, can be a good thing for the economy.” While some people might agree that illegalimmigration has its benefits, these benefits are outweighed by the drawbacks. The United States should put more money into security to patrol its borders because illegalimmigration is more harmful than it is beneficial not only to the country, but also to the citizens of the United States.
Illegal immigrants should not be allowed to cross the borders because it results in a burden on tax-based resources, costing taxpayers billions of dollars. Supporters of...
Immigration and especially illegalimmigration is a touchy subject these days. Illegal immigrants are defined as all foreign born, unauthorized, non-citizens who reside illegally (Department of Homeland Security N.P.). There many modern countries that have large populations of immigrants these days and some believe it is the beginning of a big problem. These clashing cultures have all made a voice for themselves in their new homes. Their idea is “strength in numbers”. Large populations of immigrants are already affecting policy making ideas within the countries with the highest number of immigrants. Countries, such as the U.S., have to be careful and take into account what immigration policies they are creating in order to keep the peace and prevent protests or even rioting. Policy making decisions could pose a potential threat to national security. For example, “The Killing of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh by a Moroccan man because van Gogh had made a controversial film about abused Muslim women and the recent fires and riots in France reveal the potential for violence in these cultural conflicts”(Johnson 221). Hundreds of thousands of immigrants, both legal and illegal, are pouring into the U.S. every year and the question that we have to ponder is, how beneficial is immigration to the U.S.? Whether illegal immigrants are beneficial to the...
IllegalImmigration and the Welfare State
“We must end welfare state subsidies for illegal immigrants. Some illegal immigrants—certainly not all—receive housing subsidies, food stamps, free medical care, and other forms of welfare.” In this statement by Ron Paul, a Texas congressman, it is obvious that this subject needs a serious look into modifying our current guidelines. He also states, “Illegal immigrants place a tremendous strain on social entitlement programs. Under a proposed totalization agreement with Mexico, millions of illegal immigrants will qualify for Social Security and other programs-programs that already threaten financial ruin for America in the coming decades.”(1) They come here illegally, take our jobs, and undermine our welfare system. Illegal aliens should not be allowed the benefits our social welfare systems.
The immigrants that cross our borders illegally and work for low wages are depriving American citizens of the chance to seek the employment opportunities that are no longer available. Many of these immigrants work under the table and deprive the governments of the tax revenue they generate. In an article by Barbara Anderson of the American Chronicle, she states, “Low paid illegal aliens cannot feed their families on those wages any better than a citizen can and must use our social welfare benefits to...
...Illegal immigrants entering the United States from other countries has played a major impact on the quality of life of our society. The majority of Americans believe there are no benefits to United States citizens by having illegal immigrants remain in this country. Much of the funding that would typically go to tax paying citizens is now being directed to programs for illegal immigrants, which do not make enough money to financially support themselves and their families. To date, the largest costs that have been paid out to as a result of illegalimmigration are Medicaid ($2.5 billion); treatment for the uninsured ($2.2 billion); food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC and free school lunches ($1.9 billion); the federal prison and court systems ($1.6 billion); and federal aid to schools ($1.4 billion). (Camarota, 2004) Taxpayers should not have to absorb the costs for education, medical care, welfare or incarceration for those that were not invited to this country.
An estimated two thirds of illegals who are house hold heads lack a high school diploma. (Camarota, 2004) Without adequate education, illegal immigrants subject themselves to jobs set aside for unskilled workers with low paying salaries. Due to the fact that many of the illegal immigrants live below the poverty level, money must be allocated for funding to help offset the costs of...
...November 4, 2014
ImmigrationIllegalimmigration, a fervently debated issue in the United States, is defined as the migration of people across national borders, or the residence of foreign nationals in a country, in a way that is illegal according to the immigration laws of the destination country. Because the United States is such an attractive country, for it provides opportunity and prosperity, many people who live in less fortunate countries legally and illegally migrate to the United States. Illegalimmigration causes a great ordeal, because many politicians and economists argue that illegal immigrants are an economic burden to the United States. On the other hand, some economists claim that illegal immigrants do not actually hurt the economy but they help it.
In the article “Illegal Aliens a Drain on U.S. Taxpayers, Report Says” Writer R. Cort Kirkwood argues that Illegal aliens are largely poor, uneducated and drain the welfare and public education systems, which causes a burden on the economy. Because most immigrants don’t have papers to work, they have to take jobs, which pay less then minimum wage causing them to live in poverty. Kirkwood writes,
“’according to the CIS (Center for Immigration Studies) …Illegals live in poverty at high rates because they earn much less money...
...poverty, and with no education, jobs do not come easily, making it hard to live in their country. America offers both, education and job opportunities. Now is the time for the government of the United States to considerately review and pass laws regarding immigration to this country and provide a modern, safe and reasonable system for immigration.
A reason why America is affected and objects to immigration, is the population, it brings cheap labor and it lowers America's living standards. A long time ago, America had room for immigrants and welcomed foreign visitors, until about ninety years ago that changed. Congress passed a law limiting the numbers of immigrants. Since 1908 migrant labor has been part of America all along, doing America’s dirty work. America, even though one of the strongest country, cannot survive without Immigrants. There are more than 10 million undocumented workers in the United States. Most of these illegal workers are concentrated in the south border from California trough Texas, although their presence can be felt all over the country. About three quarters of these illegal immigrants come to the United States after crossing the border between the United States and Mexico.
Many of these illegal immigrants are hired by US employers as undocumented workers and this is done because they can be hired at a pay less than minimum wage. Most of these workers are...