Illegal Immigration and the effect on the CJ system
America is perceived the world over as the “Promised Land” where everything is possible. This lucrative perception leads many immigrants to seek diverse ways to enter this vast land of promise, with the aim of living the American dream. Illegal immigrants are considered the medium behind some of criminal activities perpetuated in America. Their participation in such criminal activity is prevalent in most criminal prosecutions and convictions, in state and federal criminal justice departments. The American criminal justice system has bared the brunt of illegal criminal activities, alleged to have been committed by illegal immigrants from neighboring countries especially Mexico, as the largest number of convicts who are incarcerated in American legal systems hail from Mexico.
The overwhelming rising numbers of illegal convicts in the state and federal correctional facilities cause serious financial strains on the state’s ability to function proactively. As most of the states financial resources are used to sustain the high number of illegal immigrants imprisoned in the state and federal facilities. Research indicates that illegal immigrants are a leading cause for concern for the justice department, as the rising number of illegal, criminal immigrants could ultimately become a threat to America’s national stability. The high cost of maintaining the illegal immigrants affects the state’s criminal justice systems financial ability to function effectively. The following thesis highlights the challenges that the criminal justice systems faces when dealing with the rising number of illegal immigrants, who are incarcerated due to their criminal activities.
Since I work for ICE, gathering data and information will be fairly easy. I will use various websites thru DHS and ICE, uncoupled with databases, without compromising my job of course, to show statistical data and the rising financial cost of fighting illegal immigration.
Legal immigration does have positive effects on America as they contribute to America’s economy; nevertheless illegal immigrants have effects on America as it contributes to high costs that are incurred by America in its criminal justice system (Anderson, 2010). This is because a large number of crimes in America are caused by illegal immigrants (Barkan, 2003). As such, instances where America imprisons criminal aliens that have been in the country either illegally or legally, in local, federal and state jails, the federal government bears all the costs (Briggs, 2003). In this case, the federal government bears costs to imprison criminal aliens in federal prisons and repay local and state governments for a fraction of their costs for imprisoning some (Capaldi, 2008). Nonetheless, though not all, criminal aliens illegally in through the Department of Justice’s State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) that are managed by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) (Brimelow, 2007). A number of local governments and state governments have stated anxiety about the effect aliens has on jails and prisons that are already crowded, as well as, the fact that the government refunds them only part of their costs of incarceration of criminal aliens (Cooper, 2008). At the federal plane, the number of criminal aliens imprisoned amplified from close to forty two thousand at the end of 2001 to close to forty nine thousand at the end of the calendar year 2004 which is a fifteen percent increase (Card, 2005). The percentage of the entire federal prisoners who are criminal aliens imprisoned at the end of the calendar year 2004 got identified as citizens of Mexico (Antonovich, 2012; Cull and Currasco, 2004). It is approximated that the federal cost of imprisoning and refunding funds to local and state governments under...
...settle there, but illegalimmigration is the act of living in a country without the country government permission and Lack of documentation is what makes illegalimmigrationillegal. Immigration has been in existence for a very long time. In the past few years immigration has brought new people from other parts of the world to the Unite State of America. These waves have been comprised of Western Europeans, Central Americans, Asians, Africans and other ethnic groups as well. The causes of immigration are varied and personal; the effects are still being debated and studied. Illegalimmigration has been a problem for United States for a long time. This phenomenon is not new and thousands of illegal immigrants have come into US through either the Mexico border, the Pacific Ocean, or through many other ways. Some people have entered the country legally through a visit visa, but decided to stay illegally, working in various places. This paper will explain some facts pertinent to effect of illegalimmigration in the United States.
Furthermore, illegalimmigration has various effects on economy of America because illegal immigrants work less than average American citizen. For that reason, illegal...
...IllegalImmigration and Its Effect On America
Thesis: Learning as much as possible about IllegalImmigration so that we may understand and try and find a reasonable solution.
I. What Is IllegalImmigration?
B. When did it begin?
II. Toll of IllegalImmigration On America
A. Hidden Cost OfIllegalImmigration
C. The Loss America Suffers For IllegalImmigration
D. How Things Have Changed
III. America Speaks Up
A. Why Americans Are Prejudiced Against Illegal Immigrants
B. Illegal Immigrants Tell Their Side of the Story
IV. What Can We do?
A. Playing Your Part
B. The Future
Mr. and Mrs. William Davis
Sophomore Research Project
16 January 2007
IllegalImmigration and Its Effect on America
IllegalImmigration is a very important problem today in the United States. It affects everyone, from the homeless to the wealthy. IllegalImmigration is when a foreigner crosses a national boundary in a way that violates the immigration laws of the country being left and the country being entered. Today, there are more than 20...
...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...
...The Effects of IllegalImmigration
The Effects of IllegalImmigration
For centuries people have come across the United States borders from foreign countries hoping for a better life, a life that is free from unruly dictators and poverty for them and their families. They wanted to live in the land of opportunity so that they can make something of themselves; this is why we have some of the major problems with illegalimmigration. Arizona, California, and Texas border the United States to Mexico; these states are where we have the majority of illegalimmigration.
Illegalimmigration is the migration of foreign citizens into a country in circumstances where such people do not meet the legal requirements for migrating into that country. When someone enters a country illegally without the proper visa or other certifications, that is, when they are violating the immigration laws of that jurisdiction. “An average of 10,000 illegal aliens cross the border everyday – over 3 million per year. A third will be caught and many of them immediately will try again. About half of those remaining will become permanent U.S. residents (3,500 a day)” (CAIRCO Para. 2)
Illegalimmigration affects taxpayers in Arizona alone vastly. In 2009 researchers at FAIR- the...
...The Effect the Immigration justce system
IllegalImmigration in America is at an all time high, but what the government is failing to see is the after affects this has on family and children of illegal immigrants. After September 2011 government has started enforcing immigration laws in staggering numbers, when in fact some of these illegal immigrants have been in this country for many years living a productive life with their families. After years of immigration laws being looked over now everyone in the illegal immigrants’ life is affected due to stiffer immigration laws.
Immigration is a topic on a lot of people’s minds these days. Many illegal immigrants are being pulled over due to racial profiling. According to Hughes (2012), “Nearly half of the suspected illegal immigrants picked up for deportation under Frederick County’s enforcement program last year were arrested for a traffic violation or driving without a license, according to county records.” Subsequently they are deported leaving their families behind here in America to make a tough decision as to stay or go be with family. These families most of the time are mixed citizenship families as to where one or both parents are illegal to this country. As for the children they too...
...science fiction movies, but the real thing. I'm talking about the illegal type who come in every day and every night, by land and by sea. Estimates have shown that as many as 500,000 illegal aliens make it across the border every year (Morganthau 67). Illegalimmigration causes many problems in the United States, including economic problems, crime, education disputes, and overcrowding. All of these problems were already damaging our country and illegalimmigration has made them much, much worse. Let me begin to explain the problem with a story. A woman named Xiomara T. escaped Nicaragua in 1991 to escape the violence afflicting her country (Jost, Feb. 3, 1995). She slipped across the Mexican-American border easily one night without papers guaranteeing her legal status which would give her all the rights she needed. She made it into California with no problems from the border patrol, whose duty is to keep illegal aliens out of our country. In California, Xiomara got a job working for about four dollars an hour, even though her employer knew she was illegal. A few years later, she became pregnant and Wyatt 2 received virtually free prenatal care through a government-funded public health clinic. Now she receives free medical aid for herself and her child through Medicaid because her child is an "American-born" citizen. When her child is old enough, Xiomara told...
November 19, 2012
IllegalImmigration has become a very big issue over the past several years. There are many people against illegalimmigration to the United States. Over the years, there has been much debate of who should hold power when it comes to illegalImmigration issues, the Government or Individual States? Right now it is the Government that holds said authority but the debate is should it be the government or should it be individual states. This essay will show the pros and cons of the state and local authoritieshaving that authority.
Illegal immigrants are defined as “all foreign-born non-citizens who are not legal residents. Most unauthorized residents either entered the United States without inspection or were admitted temporarily and stayed past the date they were required to leave”. (Seminara, David, November 2012)
The 14th amendment of the Constitution states, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” There are only two references in the Constitution that mention naturalization. One is the fore mentioned 14th amendment and the other being Article I, Section 8 in creating the authority of the Congress. “To establish a...
...IllegalImmigration: The Undocumented Issue
In this paper I will discuss one of the biggest issues in the United States: Illegal immigrants. Some may say that illegalimmigration has a positive impact on the United States’ economy, and some think that these undocumented immigrants affect jobs and wages of people that are living in this country. I think that illegal immigrants harm the United States’ economy through their use of our country’s social services such as health care, education and social security as well as in the job market. The essay will take a look at the kind of job illegal immigrants are holding, and how they affect the economy and native workers.
A majority of illegal immigrants are employed as construction workers, restaurant workers, farm workers, janitors, security guards, taxi drivers and child care services, and many Americans cannot compete with an illegal workforce in the country. Americans currently have to deal with unfair competition from undocumented foreign workers, who are willing to work for lower wages than documented workers. This is not normal capitalistic competition between companies, but it is an example of the unjust displacement of legal citizen workers by illegal workers who will keep wages low and Americans unemployed if this is allowed to continue. Some say that most...