Illegal Immigration Crime Research Paper

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Edna Salinas Mr. Clark Owen English 1301.07 February 2, 2015 Illegal Immigration Crime There is an ongoing debate in today’s world about whether immigration is helpful or detrimental to a country. Some claim illegal immigrants should be treated as criminals because illegal activity should be punished not rewarded. While others claim being out of status is not a criminal offense. The United States welcomes and accepts more legal immigrants as permanent residents than the rest of the world combined. For some, the use of the term illegal alien is likely based on a misconception that an immigrant’s very presence in the United States is a criminal violation of the law (Briney). Also some think immigrants are a threat to national security.…show more content…
It is linked to drug smuggling, human sex trade, murder, and other crimes, which threatens the safety of the Americans and increase the burden on the US law enforcement system and resources. After a steady annual reduction in crime, the annual FBI Uniform Crime Report reveals a slow but sure yearly increase in crime, especially violent crime. Some criminologists attribute the rise in criminal aliens who come into the US with a criminal background. Many have been incarcerated in federal and state prisons and local jails. Prisons are overcrowded and the cost to incarcerate and maintain them is very high (Kouri). However, the opposing side believes “Illegal Alien” is not a legal term. An Alien is defined as anyone who is not a citizen or national of the United States. For some, the use of the term “illegal alien” is likely based on misconception that an immigrant´s very presence in the United States is a criminal violation of law. While the act of entering to the country without inspection is a federal misdemeanor, and for repeat offenders could be a felony, the status of being presence in the United States while being out of status is a civil infraction, not a criminal…show more content…
Immigrants come to the United States to pursue economic and educational opportunities not available in their home countries and to build better lives for themselves and their families. As a result they have little to gain a much to lose by breaking the law. Undocumented immigrants in particular have even more reasons to not run afoul of the law given the risk of deportation that their lack of legal status entails. Public policies must be based on facts, not anecdotes or emotions. And the fact is the vast majority of immigrants are not criminals. Works Cited Briney, Patrick. Arkansas Republican Assemblies. 26 de February de 2007. January de 2015 <>. Ewing, Ruben G. Rumbaut and Walter A. The myth of immigrant criminality and the paradox of assimilation. 2007. <>. Glaze, Lauren E. U.S. Department of Justice. November de 2012. <>. Kouri, Jim. RenewAmerica. 22 de June de 2006. January de 2015 <>. Ting, Jan C. Immigration and National Security. Elsevier Limited on behalf of foreign policy research institute, 2005. Wiesel, Elie. Border Crossing law firm. 2008. January de

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