“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).
Large numbers of illegal individuals from other countries come to the United States every year to seek benefits and to fulfill their "American dream”; all while they really steal the “American dream” from the lawful legal citizens of the United States and cause dysfunction in our society, economy, and etc. There are different ways to look at the national issue of immigration. There are a lot of people against immigration for various reasons. One main one would be, that as a nation we fail to punish illegal activity, which in return encourages more illegal activity, inspire offenders, breeds public distrust, and confuses others from adhering to laws. Illegal activity that goes unpenalized, menaces American ethics of law and order.
Illegal Immigration One of the most controversial political issues of today is that of illegal immigrants from Mexico. Illegal immigration into the United States is a problem that should be stopped, as it is unfair to both Americans and to the people of the country from which they illegally immigrated. It is thought that the majority of illegal aliens residing in the U.S. are Mexicans (Anderson 55). Roy Beck clarifies the situation by stating, "The national consensus is that the United States should be a post-mass immigration country has included most leaders of business, religion, labor, academia, and social work." Illegal immigration from Mexico must be stopped by means of different policies and other methods of prevention, because the effects on both Mexico and the United States are predominately unfavorable.
Yet, these jobs are still necessary. How are these people terrorists? They are contributing to our society, improving our economy. They aren’t hurting us, they are helping us, “One main benefit of an illegal immigration has been cheap labors. It makes the economy move smoothly since immigrants will be filling up for a low-wage job.” In a way illegal immigrants are needed to help the United States
As stated by someone who is Pro-Amnesty, “immigrants do jobs that natives won’t do.” (Immigrants do jobs natives won’t do) This statement is false, in-between 2008 – 2010 according to a review of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Census Bureau data, legal and illegal immigrants gained over a million additional jobs. During this same period of time Millions of American Citizens lost their jobs. The American economy is clearly damaged by illegal immigration, nevertheless it is not the only way it effects the U.S.
They are breaking US laws and are showing a lack of respect for our sovereignty. Another effect they have on the US economy is that it is not so easy so deport them when they are found here illegally and are, once again, using tax payers money. They are filling our prisons. About one quarter of prisons are filled with illegal aliens. It cost roughly 97 dollars a day to hold an illegal alien that is being deported, and they are kept in prison for about 30 days.
Illegal immigration into the United States is massive in scale. More than 10 million undocumented aliens currently reside in the U.S., and that population is growing by 700,000 per year. Typical illegal aliens come to America primarily for better jobs and in the process add value to the U.S. economy. However, they also take away value by weakening the legal and national security environment, Even though they pose no direct security threat, the presence of millions of undocumented migrants distorts the law, distracts resources, and effectively creates a cover for terrorists and criminals. Another issue involving illegal immigration is the newly passed law in Arizona.
Like with many other issues, one of the biggest obstacles on the way of creating strict legislation to crack down illegal immigration is a political one. The influx of illegal immigrants creates the economic “winners” and “losers”. Agriculture, construction, retail and hospitality industries significantly benefit from availability of cheap undocumented labor. Illegal immigrants themselves, in spite of working for low wages are still making much more that they would make in their home countries and are able to send remittances to support their families. On the other hand, the cost of providing public services, such as education and medical care lies on the shoulders of the taxpayers.
Many people in America have something against immigrants who come to this country looking for a better life and to escape from violence. “It is certainly not fair that undocumented immigrant workers do not pay taxes, and it is certainly unfair that they use public services without contributing to it” (Miller 55). For these Americans, their perspective on illegal immigrants is that they are nothing but a waste of space in this country and they are taking away this country’s resources and money with all the kids they are making once they accommodate themselves. The Americans who dislike illegal immigrants want the government to send them back to their country because they just cannot stand immigrants. Illegal immigrants learned how to adjust to the lifestyle of the United States and several of them managed to avoid the immigration officers.
Gross continues and states that out of the $15 billion dollars they put in they only end up taking out $1 billion (Davidson). The reason on why the ratio is so uneven is because not a lot of illegal immigrants are eligible to take out benefits most of them don’t qualify. Another reason on why the ratio is like this is since many illegal immigrants get fake social security numbers so they are able to cooperate but are not able to get help back due to the forging of documents. Gross continues and shares that over the years illegals have contributed, “$300 billion dollars of the $2.7 trillion Social Security trust fund (Davidson).” That is almost more than ten percent of the total trust fund. This is a huge amount of money that has been accumulated in a shot amount of time