Most of the things these immigrants do in the U.S. is illegal; avoid taxes, work illegally, live illegally, etc. The biggest problem with them is that a majority of them do not pay taxes. Households with an illegal immigrant as the head of the house only pay 1/3 of the federal taxes, or ¼ as much as a legal household. The debt that illegal immigrants cause to the economy is far greater than the good they do. As Steven A. Camarota tells in The High Cost of Cheap Labor: Illegal Immigration and the Federal Budget, “Households headed by illegal aliens imposed more than $26.3 billion in costs on the federal government in 2002 and paid only $16 billion in taxes.
Illegal Aliens are harming our economy and are taking American jobs contrary to what you are led to believe. "Over the past 10 years, more than 2 million low-skilled American workers have been displaced from their jobs and each 10 percent increase in the immigrant workforce decreases U.S. wages by 3.5 percent" writes CNN financial analyst Lou Dobbs (Grigg 1). Current president George W. Bush and his political allies assure the public that illegal immigrants are doing jobs that nobody else wants. However, Steve Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies, points out "what they really mean is that they are doing the jobs that they as middle- and upper-class people don't want" (Grigg 1). Agriculture has many other instances of employers switching to immigrant workers whether they are legal or not to increase their profits.
Illegal immigration from Mexico is having a negative social impact on the United States as well. According to 2009 census data, “Roughly 1 in 5 people in the U.S. speaks a language other than English at home, with Hispanics representing the largest share.” (Rodriguez, 2006) 25% of inmates in United States jails are illegal immigrants from Mexico. Marrying an American citizen for those who cannot obtain citizenship has become more popular than before. This is why I believe the border between the United States and Mexico should be closed, to only allow those who want to become Americans, to create a better life for themselves and their families; not to molest and take advantage of the United States and its
As drug smugglers have started to participate in human trafficking and one of the groups at most risk to be kidnapped is people who go through Mexico to get to the U.S. It isn’t uncommon for people trying to immigrate illegally to go missing trying to get to the U.S. Recently 72 illegal immigrants from Central trying to get to the U.S were found dead. It is suspected they were killed for refusing to do work for drug traffickers. The second reason for a decline in illegal immigration is an improving Mexican economy.
One third will be caught and most of those same people will try again. About half of those remaining will become U.S. residents, which add up to around 3,500 per day. Lastly, about sixty billion dollars are earned by illegal aliens in the U.S. each year. Mexico's largest revenue streams consist of money that is sent home by the immigrants working in the United States. (CAIR 1) Now that you have heard some background information and some stats on immigration, I want you to think about one thing, immigration laws.
Illegal Immigration in the United States How do we define illegal immigrant, an alien (non-citizen) who has entered the United States without government permission or stayed beyond the termination date of a visa. There are over 11.9 million illegal immigrants in the US today. The numbers have rapidly grown over the years. In 2008 the Pew Hispanic center reported that 6.8% of the students enrolled in the nation’s elementary and secondary schools are children of illegal immigrants. These children automatically gain US citizenship.
This generates a market that is unregulated, and in this market, anything can happen. Unlawful organizations like drug cartels and gangs often take advantage of this unregulated market. It is projected that marijuana accounts for around 70% of cartel profits (Pot Economics). Cartels are responsible for many violent crimes. Since 2006, nearly 50,000 Mexicans have died in cartel-related homicides (The Cartel Crackdown).
Amnesty is over rated and it is killing our country, economy and culture. We are a country build by immigrants but they did it legally. I am all for legal immigration and even more supportive of making citizenship more of a streamlined smooth process but a mandatory one. Something can and should be done. Think of the benefits to our school and healthcare systems alone if those hundreds of billions of dollars annually were not taken from them but pumped back into them.
The biggest chunks are spent by California ($7.7 billion) and Texas (3.9 billion), where the situation has become a public education crisis with no end in sight (Illegal Immigrants Cause Public School Crisis 1). This significant amount of money is all generated through taxpayers. If only legal residents pay tax, illegal aliens should pay higher tuition to make up the tax break and help the short fall
Jenna Taylor Emily Bayus Lindsay Shewmaker English 102 1 December 2013 Illegal Immigration: The problem and the Solution [INSERT INTRODUCTION HERE] In the United States of America, as of 2011, there are an estimated eleven million illegal immigrants from across the globe (mostly coming from Mexico). Illegal immigrants that come from around the world are simply looking for the good ole “American Dream”, and that’s what we have to offer, right? So why not just let them enter peacefully, so that they can fulfill this dream, and live happily ever after. I mean heck, the only reason that we, as Americans have any opposition over illegal immigration is because of racism, right? Wrong.