Pros And Cons Of Illegal Immigration

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The movement of people is one of the main characteristics of the globalized world. National borders continue to restrict international migration, but many agree that the process of economic globalization and the gradual decline of the territorial state are now accompanied with the growth of migration. Whereas for some of us the world indeed has become a “smaller place”, and our passports let us travel to any spot on the map for business and pleasure without any hurdles, for many, mostly for the people from the Global South, there are still many obstacles in their way before they can leave their countries. At the same time with the development of technology and the media delivering bright images of the Western life to everyone’s TV and computer…show more content…
Some people tend to sympathize with undocumented immigrants and view them as people fleeing from poverty and crime in their home countries. Their opponents have demonized illegal immigrants and view them as a threat and a burden on the state. Research shows, that undocumented immigrants see themselves as law-abiding individuals, despite their violation of the immigration laws and believe that they benefit the countries they come to. The term “illegal immigrant” itself, has become emotionally charged, and many seem to avoid it, using “undocumented” or “unauthorized” immigrant instead. For the purpose of this paper we will use these terms…show more content…
According to this report, the unauthorized immigrant population in the US totaled 11.5 million in 2011. Although undocumented immigrants come to the United States from all countries of the world, Mexico has been the leading source country of undocumented immigration, with 6.8 million unauthorized immigrants, representing 59 percent of the unauthorized population coming in 2011 .
There are many reasons for the influx of illegal immigrants from Mexico to the United States. These include the territorial proximity and significant difference in the quality of life between two countries as well as the demand for undocumented labor north of the border. Most of the undocumented immigrants are economic migrants coming here to find a better life through low paying agricultural, construction or service industry work throughout the United
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