Friday, December 11, 2009

Illegal Immigration

            Illegal immigration is a huge problem in the United States that needs to be fixed. Over the last few decades illegal immigration has had a huge impact on American society, and most if not all of it has been a bad impact. Illegal immigration has kept jobs from being given to people living legally in the United States, all the way to violence, and drug trafficking in the United States from the Mexican border. Nearly one in three immigrants is illegal, and immigrants count for 1 in 8 residents for the United States.

            Most illegal immigrants come, but not solely, from Mexico or South America and Central America. They get into the United States by illegally crossing the border from Mexico to the United States. Many Illegal immigrants pay people to sneak them across the border, and others try to sneak themselves across with no help. A problem is that many of the people that sneak the illegal immigrants across the border are Americans, or legal immigrants in the United States. Crossing into the United States Illegally is not the only way to become an illegal immigrant. Hundreds    of thousands of legal immigrants become illegal immigrants by overstaying the authorized amount of time, or by violating terms of being legal in America, and also by falsifying a visa to get into the country. There are an estimated 500,000 illegal entries in the United States a year.

                        A Pew Hispanic Center statistic says that in October 2008 there were 11.9 million illegal immigrants living in the United States. This should not be happening. Illegal immigrants are taking up jobs that are hard enough to find as it is in the hard economic times, and are bringing the violence rate up in the United States. California has the largest population of illegal immigrants living in the United States, with about 2.9 million living there. Texas is second with 1.7 million living there.

            NumbersUSA states that illegal aliens are taking up more than 7.7 million jobs in the United States. We need to start cracking down on illegal immigrants now, in order to give millions of jobs to people who live in America legally. Not only are millions of Americans losing jobs to illegal immigrants, but wages have also dropped for employees. Wages have dropped because illegal immigrants are willing to work for the cheapest wages out there. Wages were reduced 4% from 2000 to 2004 because of illegal immigration. Also from 2000 to 2004 2.3 million more Americans lost their jobs to illegal immigrants that were willing to work harder for cheaper wages.

                Large and small companies alike want the government to make immigration laws very loose, so that the companies can hire illegal immigrants for cheaper wages, and illegal immigrants don't mind near as much as Americans how they are treated while working. If companies were to speak out against illegal immigration, then a lot more work and laws would be set up against illegal immigrants.

         Illegal immigrants are living in our country for free, so therefore their cost of living is cheap and they don't have to have the higher wages. They do not pay for any taxes, and so they basically use Americans money without losing any of their own to help out America. These illegal immigrants are hurting our economy more than the American public really realize.

         The United States Government needs to start making laws against illegal immigration stricter, and not only on the borders. The United States government really needs to crack down hard on the large and small corporations and companies that are hiring these illegal immigrants. The only way to really bring down illegal immigration is taking away the reason why most illegal immigrants are there, which is the companies that are willing to hire them. If the United States government does that, then the illegal immigrants will have no reason to come into to America because no one would be able to hire them. The punishments for illegal immigration also need to be harsher, because thousands of illegal immigrants find their way across the border multiple times. The United States Government should do more than just deport the immigrants back to their original countries.

                     The point is that illegal immigration needs to stop. Its cons way outweigh the pros. In fact there really are not any pros about illegal immigrants living in the United States that I can find. These illegal immigrants are taking away jobs, lowering wages, raising violence and drug trade. If the United States government takes the opportunity away from

illegal immigrants to get money by making background checks mandatory, and by making laws a lot stricter against illegal immigrates working in companies, then illegal immigrants will have a much harder time surviving in the United States

Works Cited

How to reverse illegal immigration. Americans for illegal immigration, 9 Sept. 2009. Web.            15 Sept. 2009. <>.

Illegal immigration crimes. 1 May 2008. Web. 15 Sept. 2009.


Illegal immigration facts. 22 July 2008. Web. 15 Sept. 2009.


Illegal immigration. Steven A. Camarota, 5 May 2005. Web. 115 Sept. 2009.


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