The Controversy Over Illegal Immigration

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Millions of aliens crossing the 2,000-mile American border from an impoverished Mexico reflect a much larger global one-way traffic problem. In Germany, Turkish workers are desperate to find either permanent residence or citizenship. ‘Londonstan’ is slang for a new London of thousands of unassimilated Pakistani nationals. Albanians flock to Greece to do farm work, and then are regularly deported for doing so illegally. (Hanson) Stable democracies and free markets ensure economic growth, rising standards of living and employment opportunities. With over 10 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, the debate over illegal immigration continues to divide the country. From a pragmatic standpoint, it is understood that no amount of enforcements,…show more content…
Delgaudio, Sterling District Supervisor of Loudoun County, Virginia, in a July 17, 2007 statement offered the following: “Illegal immigration is taking a greater and greater toll on this community... While lax federal and state enforcement allows the problem to develop, local government is also at fault when it rewards law-breakers with access to free taxpayer-funded services. Giving away free services to people whose very presence is a felony is unfair to people who obey the law. More and more of their own money goes to support lawbreakers and subsidized increasing problems of overcrowding, litter and gang crime. It's an insult to native-born taxpayers and taxpayers who took the time and effort to come here legally. We must be responsible, both fiscally and legally.” (ProCon.org) In the same way, in a 61-53 vote in the Illinois House, an Illinois version of the DREAM Act (SB2185) has been passed in late May, 2011, and will be signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn. The Illinois DREAM Act will provide free money for the children of illegal immigrants to go to state colleges and universities. (“The Illinois Dream”) The law is an insult to American families who have worked tirelessly up the economic and social ladders to be able to give their children a formal and proper education. Not only will the DREAM Act encourage more illegals, but also it will reward them for violating American laws at the taxpayers’…show more content…
Jim Gilchrist, MBA, CPA, Founder and President of The Minuteman Project, in an Aug. 26, 2005 speech titled “The Crushing Economic Burden of Illegal Immigration” said, “I’ve tried to figure out the costs since I have this tax background. What is the cost to each of us as taxpayers to support 30 million illegal aliens, many of whom are working in the underground economy and not contributing to the tax system? And yet they’re using the system that bona fide taxpayers provide and pay for…” (Gilchrist) United States immigration policy has, with a wink and a nod, encouraged the growth of a low rate sector that is supplied to a large degree by unauthorized workers. Perhaps employers and consumers are benefitting, but as citizens, Americans are abetting the growth of an underprivileged class. Research shows that between 40 and 50 percent of wage loss among low skilled Americans is due to the immigration of low skilled workers. Some native workers lose not just wages but their jobs through immigrant competition. An estimated 1,880,000 American workers are displaced from their jobs every year by immigration. (Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform) 71% of respondents in a 2006 Quinnipiac University Poll believed that enforcement of immigration laws would require additional measures beyond a border fence, with 65% of

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