Composition and Rhetoric
23 April 2010
Illegal Immigration 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 make ends meet.” In the article she made a comment on a Bear Sterns report that of the twenty million illegal immigrant workers in the United States, five million do not pay taxes, social security or insurance. The report states, “Those five millions cheat the government out of over thirty five billions dollars a year. At the same time they receive thirty billion a year in government largess.” Reducing overhead costs with low wages and no benefits, employers are able to outbid competitors and effectively put legitimate companies out of work. Besides losing revenue for taxes, American’s also wind up paying for the social programs supporting the illegal immigrants. Barbara also states that Los Angeles County, California reported in 2006, “that illegal aliens cost L.A. county about one billion dollars a year in healthcare, criminal incarceration, and public education.”(1-2) A survey taken after the Immigration Reform and Control Act explains that IRCA was “enacted in November 1986 included major provisions in the areas of employment and legalization for persons residing in the United States without government permission.” This libertarian approach does nothing except encourage more influx of illegal immigrants. Three million illegal immigrants nation wide took advantage of this, over one and a half million people in California alone. The survey report goes on to say, “Not enough is known about this population who illegally immigrated to the United States for a variety of reasons. What is known is the 1.6 million Californians who previously lived here in fear of discovery and deportation have stepped forward to take part in the IRCA legalization program.” With their new citizenship status, the use of government social economic programs was also granted. Although the program prohibited cash assistance, there are others, “The five programs of highest reported use were the Women, Infant and Children Program (WIC), Unemployment Insurance (UI), Food Stamps, Worker’s Compensation, and government assisted housing.”(16-19).Most of the people that come here illegally have little knowledge, if any, of the English language or the societal cultures they must adopt. This prevents most immigrants from achieving a status other than a low wage earner. As noted by Steven Malanga of the City Journal, “Many may wind up stuck on our lowest economic rungs, where they will rely on something that immigrants of other generations didn’t have: a vast U.S. welfare and social-services apparatus that has enormously amplified the cost of immigration.”(1-2) Although...
...Illegalimmigration in United States
In this text I am going to write about illegalimmigration in United States. First I will talk about what illegalimmigration is and give you some facts about it in U.S. I will also discuss for and against illegalimmigration. I will give you some of mine point of view in the end. When you go to a country without permission and stay there for a long time, that´s illegalimmigration. Many of these people search for visa and as an answer they get no, but still they stay in the country anyway.
“Illegalimmigration to the United States refers to the act of foreign nationals violating U.S. immigration policies and national laws by entering or remaining in the United States without proper permission from the United States government.”1 An illegal immigrant is an alien (non-citizen) who has entered the United States without government permission or stayed her to long so the visa has expired.2
In 2009 62 % of illegal immigrants were from Mexico, 5 % from El Salvador, 4 % from Guatemala, 3 % from Honduras, 2 % from Philippines, 2 % from India, 2 % from Korea, 2 % from Ecuador, 1 % from Brazil, 1 % from China and 15 % from other countries.3 Based on...
...IllegalImmigration in the United StatesIllegalImmigration in the United States
The United States (US) has always been viewed as the land of opportunity because it is the only true free country in the world. This being the case people have been fighting their way into the country for decades. However, it is becoming more and more of a problem each decade that passes. With the UnitedStates border being so close to Mexico it is now seeing the highest population of illegal immigrants to date. The rising population is due to the lack of jobs in their country, poor pay and bad work environments. It has become the issue it has because the US is now having problems with high taxes, steep insurance costs and new laws. Even though the United States is a free country, immigration has changed over the years because of an increase in illegal immigrants, stricter laws and harsher penalties.
In the last few decades the United States has had to increase the taxes for their American citizens due to the increase in the illegal immigrant population. "Even with the national government pouring billions of dollars into the education of LEP students, state and local taxes provide the lion's share of the funding needed to hire bilingual teachers, purchase non-English...
...The United StatesIllegalImmigration Dilemma
Michael A. Clinton
Dr. Rufus Robinson
POL 300 Contemporary International Relations
September 3, 2010
The United States throughout its history has been built by the hard work and contributions of immigrants. Immigration has always been a vital part of the development of this nation from Colonial days until now; however,IllegalImmigrations has become an issue that is not just discussed by the politicians in Washington, DC and those Border States that are been affected most by it. The issue of IllegalImmigration over the last decade or so is now an issue that seems to be affecting more aspects of the Nation than most seem to be aware of. Illegalimmigration has the United facing a situation that it has not had to deal with in over two centuries.
The issue of illegalimmigration is poses several questions that need to be addressed; how did we get ourselves in the predicament that we are in? Was it the Government Policies and Laws that were or are not being enforced? Maybe, the lack of border security or could those employers who hire known illegal immigrants be the cause.
Another, topic that needs to be address when considering the dilemma facing the US is; What...
...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...
...everyone freedom, a freedom from oppression and a freedom to achieve anything, a liberty to live a wonderful life.
The United States is known as the land of free and home of the brave. Although many people in United States may take their rights and this land for granted, others living in need see America as a land where they can accomplish their dreams and fulfill their hopes. Nevertheless, many people from third-world countries travel illegally to the U.S. They come to this country looking for opportunities they don’t have in their own countries. It seems to be 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...
25 June 2013
IllegalImmigrationIllegalImmigration has been a problem for a very long time now in the United States. It has also been a very controversial subject for as long as I can remember. Illegalimmigration goes back hundreds and thousands of years. Living in such an anti-illegalimmigrationstate has been tough, there is always something about illegalimmigration laws going on, and politics talking about it and the saddest part families being separated, daily.
In 1882 President Chester A. Arthur banned all Chinese immigration to the United States. Shortly after that he banned prostitutes and criminals from coming into the US. He eventually ended up banning mentally ill as well. Although this only banned a small percentage of immigration, it began the distinctions between legal and illegalimmigration. Shortly, a period of time came when a big wave of illegal immigrants poured into the United States from 1881 to 1920 approximately 24 million illegal immigrants came into the United States from all over the world.
During this period a door was opened to illegal Mexicans coming into the US because employers liked their acceptance to...
The Economy of IllegalImmigration
The Economy of IllegalImmigration
Americans on a daily basis are bombarded with broadcasts from newspapers, television, and special interest groups on the economic burdens created by illegal immigrants. Reports and statistics of growing state and local deficits; is it fact or fiction? In reality, undocumented Mexicans are necessary to the health of our economy. They provide a workforce in agriculture they keep the costs down; they contribute millions in taxes annually they help to stabilize the economy. Immigrants after all, are not just workers, but consumers and demand for products and services which in turn creates new jobs. In fact our economy needs illegal immigrants to help in stabilizing our economy.
The negativity towards the millions that cross over our borders illegally has been expressed in a multitude of ways. Broadcasted across the nation are accounts of the economic burden of illegalimmigration. The net fiscal cost of immigration ranges from $11 billion to $22 billion per year, with most government expenditures on immigrants coming from state and local coffers. (Center for Immigration Studies, 2007). Network news promote stories on the economic burdens of illegal immigrants....
Illegalimmigration is one of the hottest debate topics in America today. Thousands of undocumented illegals cross the southern border of the United States each year. One group of these aliens comes to America with the hopes of making a better life for themselves with the hopes to become U.S. citizens. Another group comes to work without paying taxes and spends their money in Mexico. Illegal immigrants have an immediate impact on our economy, health care system, and our schools. Many of these illegal aliens acquire fraudulent documents or assume other identities. These identities come from stolen Social Security numbers that belongs to U.S citizens. The United States government should gain control of our borders to relieve pressure on our economy, salvage our health care system, and protect our children’s schools from being burdened with overcrowding.
Our economy remains under constant pressure from illegal immigrants. Workers coming to the United States leave their homes and families to come to America for the opportunity to make money. Illegal immigrants migrate to the United States and recognize that in order to live, they must produce a steady income. Most of these immigrants are un-skilled and work for a very low wage. Lower wages prompts employers, such as farmers, to hire...