Illegal immigration has been a big problem in the United States and the number of immigrants keeps on increasing. Many Americans have mixed feelings on this debatable issue. Some think that Illegal Immigration benefits the economy while many others believe that they are more of a burden than a help. According to the Illegal Immigration Statistics website, there is a population of 11.7 million illegal immigrants living in the United States as of March 2012. All of the 11.7 illegal immigrants do not pay taxes, but they utilize Americans taxes in many government programs.
Illegal immigration causes many problems, from the economy to the labor force. In the United States, there are currently twelve million undocumented immigrants. According to a report released by the White House these immigrants that work in the United States are earning far less than their potential, and if they were legal citizens their hard work would greatly help strengthen the economy (Economic). These are people who are working to better their family and they are being taken advantage of by employers because of their legal status. According to studies conducted by Pew Research, they found that undocumented workers make up at least 5.1% of the labor force in the United States.
Illegal immigration also jeopardizes public safety. When illegal aliens immigrate to this country illegally, they break the law; however, that is not the only laws they break. A good percentage of the illegal immigrants in this country are criminals for other reasons including murder, rape, pedophilia, drug trafficking and assault. While these other countries export their criminals, the United States becomes the home for some of the worst elements of humankind. Through "Operation Return to Sender", the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested, closed the cases of, or otherwise removed 14,356 aliens from the fugitive/illegal population between May 26 and September 30, 2006 (ICE 2007).
America needs to do everything in it's power to ensure illegal immigration stops. There are estimates anywhere from 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States to 30 million. Illegal immigrants create a disproportionate amount of crime in this country. For example, “illegal immigrants make up about seven percent of Arizona’s general population, but they account for fifteen percent of the states prison population”. A good fourteen percent of the illegal inmates housed in prisons are convicted on dangerous charges such as manslaughter, murder, and drug offenses.
“Illegal immigration costs U.S. taxpayers about $113 billion a year at the federal, state and local level. The bulk of the costs — some $84 billion — are absorbed by state and local governments.”(Fiscal Burden). Legal US citizens are angered that people come to the United States and “leech off” of the economy without paying taxes. In opposition is the belief that illegal immigrants are not only beneficial to the United States, but necessary. “Contrary to most popular conceptions, most experts say illegals are probably not a net drain on the economy” (Nadadur).
Why point out the existing illegal immigrants and future workers? We should compromise the process and increase an implement may be the outcome or solutions of these various interests and needs to illegal immigration in America. Moreover, the Demographic and Economic Facts have determined that they have a positive or equal impact on the U.S economy and they serve as an element of the workforce, such as increasing demand when the economy slowed. Generally, illegal immigrants are prohibited from almost all government benefits, and the only benefits there are federally subject to are financial, public education and emergency medical care. Every year, illegal immigrants spending billion dollars on sales, payroll taxes, services, property and income that include paying into Medicare, unemployment taxes and Social Security to the federal and state and local coffers.
Immigration Needs to be Restricted in America Illegal immigration will cost the United States $280 billion dollars from 1995-2004. And that only counts for the immigrants that enter this country illegally. What of the legal immigrants that come to the United States and find it harder than they thought it would be? Most of these immigrants just go on welfare. Legal immigrants participate in 20.7 percent of all welfare programs while native citizens only participate in 14.1 percent (Borjas).
In modern times, illegal immigrants cost taxpayers billions of dollars each year. Immigrants of every kind use welfare to get by, which happens to be a main cause for the sudden rise in tax expenses. Illegal immigrants have a higher welfare use rate at 57 percent than native households in the sense of food stamps and Medicaid, but lower in the case of cash programs at just 23 percent. Because of this, restrictions on government benefits are not enforced, as they should be. Another problem is the way food stamps are handled when it comes to illegal immigrants.
These statistics are astonishing and represent the essence of the impact of illegal immigration on America. The following statement by Lydia Anderson exemplifies the effects of illegal immigrants and the discourtesy they have for America: Whether they take jobs or burden our social services, however, the continued influx of illegal immigrants promotes disrespect for the law and seriously limits our ability to control out immigration policy. Illegal immigration from Mexico is a problem and must be stopped using different means of prevention we can avoid any negative repercussions on Mexico and the U.S. It is an economic drain on the U.S. and it is degrading the condition of American society as a whole. Frank Sharry, of the liberal National Immigration Forum has said, "There is virtually a national consensus that illegal immigration is a problem."
(“Illegal immigrants” 1). While legal immigrants can help stimulate United States’ economic and make our country better, large amounts of illegal immigrants came to United States and they lead to higher crime rate, drain public resources, take Americans’ jobs, and make United States unsafe. There are lots of immigrants because there are several ways that people can enter the United States unlawfully. First, they can just simply find a weak point on US border and just sneak in, another way is that they get legal but temporary permits but they don’t return after their visa expires. (“Illegal Immigrants”1) According to The 2010 US census, there are 10 million illegal immigrants resided in the United States-higher than its 2000 estimate of 7 million and three times its 1990 estimate of 3.5 million.