The Pros and Cons of Illegal Immigration in the USA

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Immigration is an increasingly hot controversy in southern California; there have even been various rallies recently with many supporting a path to citizenship and others arguing that we need to close our boarders and prosecute violators. Immigration is the spotlight not due to money, but because it affects problems like race, the role of government, national identity and change. There are more advantages than disadvantages on supporting illegal immigration and supporting an amnesty.

Many Americans like Michael Scott a business man from southern California argue that the continued invasion low-skilled, uneducated illegal immigrants has depressed earnings an limited opportunities. I disagree with Michael Scott view that many illegal immigrants are taking American jobs, because as recent research shown only 20 percent of Americans says immigrants are taking jobs away from citizens—jobs we do not necessarily want to do. Michael Scott describes illegal immigration as “unmerciful stealth that generates mountains of rotting garbage, piles of discarded diapers, food containers and plastic water bottles, and sundry filth everywhere—exacerbated by the stench of excrement, poisoned (or throat-slit) pets and livestock, torn down fences, and lots of stolen property that wasn’t tied down.” In his article “America Must Take Stronger Measures to Halt Illegal Immigration,” he goes on to dehumanize illegal immigrants, but overlooks the fact that illegal immigrants are human who leave behind their families in there native land to come and work and have a taste of the American dream, where many are token advantages because there illegal immigrants that can not complain or do anything about it. Many Americans complain about illegal...

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...rently than the native born among you; have the same love for him as for yourself; for you too were once aliens in the land of Egypt.” (DeCosse) There are many disadvantages, but there are more good than bad, and immigration is not a “relentless flood” that threatens America—the land of the free and opportunities.

Works Cited

1. Rayner, Richard. “Illegal Immigration Does Not Threaten America.” GreenHaven Press, 2002.

2. DeCosse, David. “Ethical Considerations Support Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants.” America. Vol. 199, 13 Oct. 2008.

3. Scott, Michael. “ America Must Take Stronger Measures to Halt Illegal Immigration.” The Social Contract. Fall 2000.

4. Anchondo, Leo. “ Top 10 Myths About Immigration.” American Immigration Council. 2010. Web.

5. Welfare Statistics. Stratistics Brain. 1 Jan. 2014. Web.
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