The Responsibility Of Illegal Immigration In The United States

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Immigration is a bitterly fought issue in the United States, there is 10.8 million illegal immigrants living and working in the United States. Immigration laws serves as a gatekeeper for the nation's border, determining who may enter, how long they may stay, and when they must leave.Arizona, California and Texas are now home to 4.7 million of the 11 million illegal immigrants estimated in the country. Congress has complete authority over immigration. Presidential power does not extend beyond refugee policy.By controlling the visa process, the federal government can achieve the goals of its immigration policies. Arizona lawmakers passed a controversial immigration bill requiring police in the state that borders Mexico to determine if people…show more content…
One of the most significant issues to arise in the immigration debate is the question of illegal immigrants utilizing taxpayer’s funded social and human services. Illegal immigrants do not pay taxes that are used to finance social and human programs. Immigrants are often uninsured and underinsured. Forty-three percent of noncitizens under 65 have no health insurance. That means there are 9.4 million uninsured immigrants. The cost of the medical care of these uninsured immigrants is passed onto the taxpayer, and strains the financial stability of the health care community. Arizona serves as a welcome remedy to the current legal policies that mandate that hospital emergency rooms treat illegal immigrants for any and all ailments they report, even if their conditions are routine illnesses or injuries that do not constitute an imminent and life-threatening emergency. It is currently federal law that every emergency room in this country serve whoever walks through the door whether they can pay for the service or not. This includes illegal aliens who often come to the emergency room for something as basic as the common cold or a muscle ache, which results in huge financial losses for both the taxpayer and the hospital.…show more content…
Even though they are living in the United States without the proper papers our laws allow for refugees to reside in our county. The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) serves as legislation that helps illegal immigrates. Signed into law in 1986 by former President Ronald Reagan, EMTALA requires emergency department treatment of all, regardless of citizenship and severity of condition, a loophole which gives illegal immigrants their healthcare. Along with that Act illegal immigrants have equal rights to healthcare, which so many people of all race needs. At one point in time everyone migrated to the United States, so who are we to judge or make laws that goes against humanity. The Arizona immigration law, SB1070, invites racial profiling against people of color by law enforcement in violation of the equal protection guarantee. It also unlawfully and unconstitutionally interferes with federal power and authority over immigration

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