September 20th, 2013
The American Foundation: An Analysis of Illegal Immigration in the U.S
“America. Land of the free and home of the brave.” A way of life, American society has lived by way before our ancestors settled on these lands. America has been a safe haven for harboring immigrants in their own unique struggle. Individuals always seek a better life for their children; coming to this country in hopes of living a better life that consists of wealth, success, and happiness. In Luis Urrea’s, The Devil’s Highway, the underlying theme of the novel is how illegal immigration has contributed to American society in a positive aspect. Despite the negative perceptions of illegal immigration, it is crucial for helping America. These immigrants help build America in the way that we envision it to be as, hard-working and appreciative. Compared to skilled workers, illegal immigrants that worked didn’t have any skill that is applicable in their jobs; therefore, they never moved up in terms of wages. Though, the unskilled workers weren’t able to benefit from this, they were dedicated to their work and were willing to work for a lower wage as opposed to other skilled workers. Ultimately, illegal immigration is necessary in order for America to achieve an increased economic productivity. In effect, this benefited legal/skilled workers from, “1997 to 2007 who experienced increased pay in complementary jobs by 10%,” says Adam Davidson. As an illustration, the illegal immigrants worked for a far lower pay, but even so, it was sufficient for them since they valued being able to work. It is clarified that illegal immigrants had appreciated the opportunities that America had offered them although they would not get every benefit out of them. If this discussion was looked upon from a different angle, it would be made obvious that illegal immigrants were somewhat losing benefits while they made a slight...
...IllegalImmigration, the Drain on the U.S. Economy
IllegalImmigration, the Drain on the U.S. Economy
The amount of money that comes out of your pocket for schooling, incarceration, jobs lost, and maintaining the medical system in the United States because of illegal immigrants may be more than people know. During the past few decades, the influx of illegal immigrants has risen dramatically. Illegal immigrants put a huge strain on our school systems, commit a disproportionate amount of crimes in this country and have taken many jobs that American citizens unemployed could do.
The economic drain on the school systems is growing rapidly. There are currently over five million children of illegal’s in our public school systems (Hampton, 2010). The cost to the taxpayer to have these illegals in the school system is over 153 billion dollars since 1996, or about 12 billion per year, it is now estimated that the cost per year is in the range of 29 and 35 billion dollars. The cost has risen significantly since 1996 (Hampton, 2010). The number of anchor babies, these are children born in the United States to illegal’s and automatically become American citizens, since 2002 is estimated at almost 5 million (Hampton,...
A Call to Action
Illegalimmigration in the United States is one of the most controversial issues of today. The United States is a nation built on immigrants and this is why the nation was deemed “The melting pot,” because of all the different nationalities residing in this country. The argument of immigration and whether or not it enhances or threatens life in the United States is an on-going issue. Although we are trying to protect our citizens, immigration laws treat immigrants poorly. This country needs to re-examine the immigration laws, so that they do not treat immigrants unfairly as well as protect our citizens while protecting the borders.
Immigration has been responsible for cultural change and population growth throughout the country. The political, economic, and social aspects of immigration have created much controversy in regards to ethnicity, job security, job growth, economic benefits, where people live, not to mention impact on the amount of criminal activity, and work habits. Reinforcing the borders, establishing clear immigration and deportation policies and doing something with those who are already illegally here but are law abiding citizens should be the goal for a new immigration policy. Instead of bickering on what should be done, congressional and senate leaders need to get the job...
...IllegalImmigrationImmigration is a subject matter that should be becoming a concern in the United States. There are three major issues concerning immigration, those illegal immigrants that come here illegally, those that cannot speak the language, and those who display their nation's flag, but take residency in the United States. In approaching these topics there is a sensitivity that should be shown to those coming to this country. The reason being is that this country was founded by those who were immigrants.
There should be some history given on immigration to understand how the country has dealt with immigration in the past. The first major immigration since our journey over to this country was the immigration of African Americans through the slave trade; 500,000 were brought over until up to the time of the American Revolution (Bergen). This is one of history's only forced immigrations. From 1830 to the year 1890 there were 7.5 million recorded illegal immigrants to this country from Europe and Asia. This was brought about by the large number of growing opportunities in the U.S. for those jobs that were unskilled, and low paying, which will be discuss later. The gold rush accounted for many of the Asian and Latin American immigrants. In 1907 Japanese...
...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...
...IllegalImmigrationIllegalimmigration has been an ongoing problem for Americans. It refers to the entry of foreign citizens into a country without legal documents. In addition, illegalimmigration is the continuous stay of a person in a foreign county with an expired visa. Illegalimmigration has both pros and cons to any given country including the United States of America. The main merit of illegalimmigration is boosting of the economic growth and creating diversity in the economy. On the other hand, these uninvited guests result in excessive government spending, crimes in the country, risks of terrorism, and drug trafficking across the border into the country. This essay expounds both the negative and the positive impacts of illegalimmigration in America.
The United States economy has immensely increased thanks to the illegalimmigration that has brought in a large labor force. The employers hire illegal immigrants who are both skilled and unskilled; thus, economic productions prosper. Many economic sectors are able to get the number of employees required for any workload due to the presence of immigrants. The living standards of the families also improve due to better salaries than what they earned in their mother countries; an excellent...
24 February 2011
Critical Analysis: IllegalImmigration in the United States
I. Introduction and Background
Illegalimmigration from Mexico to the United States is a social problem that has caused a great deal of debate. There are several pros and cons to having illegal immigrants in the U.S., and many people have very strong opinions on the topic. From traditional news organizations to members of special interest groups, there have been a great deal of news articles published on this issue.
I chose this topic because it has recently become a very popular social problem in California, which is where I currently reside. Particularly in my hometown of San Diego, illegalimmigration from Mexico is very prevalent. I grew up seeing illegal immigrant workers outside of home depot, working in small taco shops by the beach, and doing various low paying jobs. Illegalimmigration into the United States is a topic that is frequently discussed and covered by the media, and I thought it would be interesting to explore the different ways illegalimmigration claims are covered and packaged by traditional news sources and members of special interest groups.
Many individuals consider illegalimmigration to...
...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...
...Ever since July 4th 1776, the day the Declaration of Independence was signed, there has been a belief in the minds, and hearts of all Americans. This belief has taken people farther than they could ever imagine and has made America a place for everyone. This belief has turned people from rags to riches, and made America the most appealing country in the world. The “American dream” is the belief that has captivated this regal country. It’s a dream that gives 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...