Illegal Immigrants in America

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Illegal Immigration in America Illegal immigration has caused a lot of controversy within the United States. The media has influenced our society to make us believe that illegal immigrants are horrible people. One thing that I have learned throughout life is, “Man is born free; and everywhere he is in chains (Rousseau 4).” This sums up how society dictates our lives and limits us to what the media wants to us to believe. Whether it is legal or illegal, everybody should be treated equally. Illegal immigrants might always end up with the short end of the stick, but they heavily support the US economy. They contribute by paying taxes every year. In addition, they adopt difficult low wage jobs that are not of interest to the average American. Illegal immigrants thrive for success to be able to support their families even though they pay taxes and make low wages. Illegal immigration continues to strengthen the growth of the US economy. Illegal immigrants contribute a hefty amount of taxes every year; the amount of taxes has proven to be beneficial for the US economy (Ewing 1). Even though illegal immigrants pay the same taxes as citizens they do not qualify for government programs, which include, Social Security and Medicare. Due to this, illegal immigrants add funding to the state, which is all profit to the economy. “A 2006 study by the Texas State Controller estimated that the 1.5 million undocumented immigrants in Texas alone added almost $18 billion to the state's economic output, and more than paid for the $1.2 billion in state services they used by generating $1.6 billion in new state revenues (Ewing 3).” The media never talks about the good things that immigrants do for the country, clearly the immigrants are generating a l... ... middle of paper ... ...olastic, Helping Children Around the World to Read and Learn | Scholastic.com. Web. 9 May 2013. Frank, Andre Gunder. "Capitalistic Development of Underdevelopment." Monthly Review September (1966): 17-31. Print. Isidore, Chris. "U.S. economy gets lift from immigrants, though some hurt - May. 1, 2006." CNNMoney-Business, Financial and Personal Finance News. 6 May 2006. Web. 9 May 2013. Porter, Eduardo. "Immigration and American Jobs - NYTimes.com." The Economy and the Economics of Everyday Life - Economix Blog - NYTimes.com. N.p., 19 Oct. 2012. Web. 9 May 2013. Reich, Robert B. "Why the Rich are Getting Richer and the Poor, Poorer." The Work of Nations: Preparing Ourselves for 21st-Century Capitalism. New York: Random House, Inc., 1991. 308-316. Print. Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. "The Origins of Civil Society." Marxists Internet Archive. Web. 9 May 2013.
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