The Undocumented in the U.S. Illegal Immigration has become a nationwide epidemic in the U.S. with an estimated 11.8 million undocumented immigrants in 2007 and accounting for 3 percent of the population. (Hoefer 1) Over the years the debate over whether or not to allow illegal immigrants to live and work in the United States has become a lengthy struggle for some that are trying to obtain citizenship legally. As an industrialized nation, the U.S. depends on these immigrants to provide a work for hire service for cheap during economic turmoil. There are several advantages that stem from illegal immigration that should be pointed out.
Illegal immigration is a big problem In the United States. According to a report by the Pew Hispanic Center, the number of undocumented immigrants in the United States rose from 8.4 million in 2000 to 10.3 million in 2004. Illegal immigrants take advantage of the system put in place to assist natural born or naturalized Americans. Illegal immigrants use the educational and economic programs for their own ends at the cost to taxpayers and Americans who actually need them. Americans work hard too and it doesn’t seem right that illegal immigrants can come and use up all of the benefits that were supposed to go to hard working Americans.
The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) argues that illegal immigrants cost U.S. taxpayers more than 100 billion dollars every year. They say this is because of a variety of different reasons. First of all, illegal immigrants are undocumented workers which the government pays, but they don’t pay the income taxes back. The director for FAIR says that "The study of the fiscal effects of illegal immigration clearly demonstrates that it is a burden on the American taxpayer”. He also says that if more forceful implementation of immigration laws were put in, each U.S. household could save in the neighborhood of a couple thousand dollars per year (Fahmy, 1).
Many illegal immigrants get benefit from SS by using illegal social security cards. “But because of so many illegal workers who use bogus Social Security cards to get jobs, billions of dollars of Social Security deductions are made each year as well as employer payments into Social Security on behalf of those workers” (truthorfiction.com) Many think that illegal immigrants should not get any benefit from the social security money because even though they do pay taxes to the government as any other legal citizen do they think that’s the price they pay for working illegally in the United States. “[Illegal immigrants] paid into the system simply because that was the price to pay to get a in the United States.” (snopes.com) Also many believe that illegal immigrants get more benefits than what they deserve as "The average illegal immigrant family receives an average of $30,000 in governmental benefits! Yet they pay only about $9,000 in taxes per year. That creates a $21,000 shortfall that the American taxpayer has to make up.
They come to this country because they aren’t safe in their country and they have to live their country scare. Illegal immigrants come to spend because they buy things that they never have before so helps economic. Illegal immigrants help the economic by opening bank accounts that give interest and dividends to banks. If the illegal immigrants are legalized it can help the government know how many people are here. There are many illegal immigrants in this country but it is because they are in needed and this country also gets advantage of them.
The economy today is far worse off than it should be. Unemployment numbers are as high as they have ever been. The avoidance of taxes and loss of jobs to undocumented peoples is not helping our situation in the least bit. According an article by John B. Judis 92, percent of all illegal immigrants has a job of some sort (Judis 8). Over ten million jobs that are meant for Americans have been taken by undocumented people.
Illegal Immigration in the United States The nation of America and Her citizens is currently at a crossroad as a result of some deliberations that key policy makers made in past years continuing to haunt its people. The issue of illegal immigration is, in fact, a major challenge to America and its economy in part because there is no clear estimate of the existing number of these illegal immigrants in the nation to warrant effective planning. Most of these illegal immigrants came to seek employment opportunities. With the absence of a mechanism to compute the exact number of these people the country would not be in a better position to budget its funds for various pillars of economy like health care and achieve the desirable outcome of offering