Illegal Immigration and the Destruction of America

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Former President Grover Cleveland once said, “Remember, remember always that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” While this is true, the immigrants, who built this country, came legally. Immigrants create a diverse country and build up a great nation like America. On the other hand, illegal immigrants tear down a country economically. Illegal immigration to the United States creates a variety of problems that will only grow worse if not addressed by the federal government. Immigration has been the major source for America’s growth.The United States has the most immigrants in the world ("Nation of Immigrants"). Russia has the second most with only one fourth the number in America ("Nation of Immigrants"). The United States currently has over 40 million immigrants (Kirkwood). About 28 percent of immigrants in America are illegal (Kirkwood). Those 11 million illegals make up about 3.5 percent of the U.S. population (Kirkwood). This huge number grows every day as more and more people cross the border illegally. There are three different types of illegal immigrants: fraudulent entrants, visa abusers, and those who enter without inspection (EWIs). Eighty percent of illegals run the border and are known as EWIs (Anderson 54). When people hear the term “illegal immigrant” this is the type people typically think of. Some illegal immigrants are "visa abusers" who overstay their visas (Anderson 54). The Department of Homeland Security estimates that 300,000 people overstay their visas every year (Marcovitz 30). The other type of illegal alien is a "fraudulent entrant" who pays a fortune for forged documents (Anderson 55). Because illegals usually have very little money, this method is the... ... middle of paper ... ...rol. The government needs to stop illegal immigration and get back to the late 1800s America. The old United States encouraged legal immigration instead of helping illegal immigrants. America has always been a country built on immigration, and it should not let it’s major cause of growth become the major cause of it’s decline. Works Cited Anderson, Lydia. Immigration. New York: Franklin Watts, 1981. Print. Kirkwood, R. Cort. “Illegal Aliens a Drain on U.S. Taxpayers, Report Says.” The New American.com. American Opinion Publishing, 13 August 2012. Web. 12 September 2013. Marcovitz, Hal. How Should America Respond to Illegal Immigration? San Diego: Reference Point, 2012. Print. “A Nation of Immigrants.” Pew Hispanic. Pew Research Center, 29 January 2013. Web. 15 September 2013. ProCon.org. "Illegal Immigration." ProCon.org. 20 September 2013. Web. 14 October 2013.
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