Illegals and the Bottom Line

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Immigration into the United States has always been seen as living out a dream. Our country offers hope, freedom and opportunity. America is known as the melting pot, where individuals can come here and freely practice their religion of choice without fear of persecution. America is a place where your neighbor may have completely opposing viewpoints, yet you can live in harmony. America offers the freedom to voice opinions without restrictions and opportunities to build a legacy. Immigrants have historically come to the United States to work, provide well for their families and have a strong sense of accomplishment. It use to be that immigrants worked very hard to assimilate to the American way by learning the language and pledging allegiance to their newfound home. Fast forward to immigration today and some would call it a hot mess! We now have people that choose to break the laws and enter illegally, use and abuse government services, and drain the financial economy. Immigration needs more than reform, it needs a complete overhaul to end the abuse of our tax dollars. Many of the early immigrants that desired to come to the United States possessed skills that helped shape our great nation. When the first wave of immigrants to the United States came via Ellis Island, they were primarily from Europe and came with skills that helped build America. Some were tradesman, seamstress my architects, etc. Steve Malanga a Senior Editor for City Journal (New York) and accomplished writer noted that “Though fleeing persecution or economic stagnation in their homelands, that era's immigrants brought important skills that fit easily into the American economy and helped supercharge the work force” (1). Today’s massive waves of illega... ... middle of paper ... ...gton Post, 2010. Web. 31 July 2010. 2008-presidential-candidates/issues/candidates/barack-obama/>. Pitts, Byron. "Illegal Immigrant Births - At Your Expense." CBS News. CBS interactive Inc., 2010. Web. 7 July 2010. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/04/07/eveningnews/main4000401.shtml Plyer v. Doe. No. 80-1538. Supreme Ct. of the US. 15 June 1982 Summers. "Mexico's Deceit on Illegal Immigration." Cartoon. Save Your Rights. Save your Rights, 2009. Web. 2 Aug. 2010. category/illegal-immigration/>. United States Department of Agriculture. "Nutrition Program Facts Food and Nutrition Service." USDA Food and Nutrition Service. United States Dept. of Agriculture, 27 July 2010. Web. 1 Aug. 2010. wic/WIC-Fact-Sheet.pdf>.

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