The United States’ government should begin to enforce more effective laws on illegal immigration; doing so will greatly benefit The United States of America economically and politically. Illegal immigration has been a highly debatable issue in America since the Mid-Nineteen Hundreds and will likely always be an issue. From overstaying on their temporary visa to hopping the border, illegal immigrants have found a way to enter The United States. Illegal immigration laws in America are not very strict allowing them to live here and have similar privileges to legal citizens. Illegal citizens can obtain a driver’s license in three states, an extremely high percentage of them can be granted citizenship, and they can even get a health care plan.
The Illegal Immigration statistics website says, “The Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) has estimated that on average 11.46 million people were without jobs, per month in 2013” (2014). The website also lists another study that shows that there are 11.7 million illegal immigrants living in the United States as of March 2012. Illegal aliens have the biggest effect on unemployment in America because they work under the table, so they do not show as a employed person. Many people wonder why the unemployment statistics are so high, and this is the reason for it. Illegal immigration also does not benefit the economy due to all the crime that a large majority of the immigrant’s cause.
Illegal immigrants are messing up our political systems, the immigrants vote for people to run for office that will support open borders, so the lazy illegals don’t have to work as hard to make a life for themselves so they can come to America and live here for free (mooching off of the taxpayers). We Americans cannot assume that all of the illegal immigrants are sitting around on their butts all day, some of them are taking away the jobs of the low income families. As a result of the jobs being taken away American families suffer, the families will have little money to live off of, and they will still have to pay taxes plus “support” the illegal immigrants that have taken their jobs. Are you willing to “support” illegal immigrants in that way? Once again, do you support open or closed borders?
Illegal immigrants learned how to adjust to the lifestyle of the United States and several of them managed to avoid the immigration officers. Although they are not liked by many, illegal immigrants have both a negative and a positive influence in this country. Therefore, illegal immigrants who had been living in the United States for more than ten years should not be deported because they pay taxes, their labor helps the economy, and the government is wasting money deporting people. Several American citizens are angry that illegal immigrants come to this country because they think that all the illegal immigrants are here to take advantage of all the benefits they can get and work here without paying taxes. According to Rick Sanchez republican Rick Murphy “have a beef with illegal immigrants because some immigrants come here to collect money from the government and not pay any taxes”.
The United States acts as a magnet where it attracts people from around the globe. They see America as a land of opportunities and this leads to issues of immigrants arriving illegally. A huge issue regarding illegal aliens is the effect they have on the economy. First, they do not pay taxes but they receive taxpayers benefits, such as public schooling and health care. Many people in favor of this believe that they take jobs that no one else wants and this is not true.
Illegal immigration has been around for a long time and has been a major problem here in the United States. Illegal immigration is not declining anytime soon. Illegal immigration is not only a problem for the economy but also for the security of the country. The main concern for Americans is that illegal immigrants are cutting wages from honest, hardworking American citizens. Illegal immigrants are able to accomplish this by working for lower wages and without some of the benefits demanded by American workers.
Bills and laws that treat undocumented immigrants poorly and unfairly do not achieve our goal. Instead of denying them work, we should assist them in gaining papers and helping them find a road to citizenship. People flee to America because of its promise: the promise of opportunity for all. Coming to flee war, escape oppression, have a voice in the government, worship freely, and leave poverty behind, aliens arrive in America only to receive poor treatment all over again. The chance of getting a job is slim for illegal immigrants since it is against the law to hire an undocumented alien, but employers know they can be hired for cheap labor (“Immigration Issues.” Illegal Aliens).
According to a new research conducted by the Pew Research Center there are about 11.7 million immigrants residing in the United States (Preston). Illegal immigrants or often referred to as undocumented workers are people who come from other countries to the United States for either a better lifestyle or to work so they could supply to their family back in their natural country but, unfortunately there are people that do the impossible to try and get them deported. Most people target illegal immigrants and talk about how they are a bad thing for the country. But most people tend to forget that they have a purpose to be here. Most of them come since they want to escape the violence or corruption of their natural country.
Contrary to popular opinion, illegal immigrants do not contribute to the U.S. economy. Instead they cost more by using government provided services, taking jobs from native workers, and reducing wages by competition with native workers. Proudly a nation of immigrants the United States attracts people from all over the world because we are a nation of laws. (Demint) For centuries immigration has been indispensable to the health of our nation, as it will be for our nation’s future success. (Demint) Although this is true, immigrants should still come to our nation lawfully and not burden our nations loyal and already overburdened taxpayers more with fiscal costs.
According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, American citizens have certain responsibilities such as paying taxes, serving on a jury when called upon, and defending the country if the need should arise (Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities). Although not all citizens live up to these responsibilities, undocumented immigrants never do. Instead, illegal immigrants reap the rewards of living in America and depend largely on programs funded by tax-paying citizens. The anonymous author of Why Illegal Immigration is Bad for America, a blog post written in May of 2011, argues that illegal immigrants receive “tens of billions of dollars worth of free education benefits and free health care benefits” (Why Illegal Immigration is Bad for America).