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Illegal Immigration

An illegal immigrant is a foreigner who either illegally crossed an international political border, either by land, sea or air, or a foreigner who legally entered a country but nevertheless overstayed their visa in order to live and/or work. Illegal immigration is an on-going issue, which is of much importance in the United States today. The number of illegal Mexican immigrants continues to rise at an incredible rate, causing the United States government to take action and creating even-handed solutions that would be in the interest of both the illegal immigrants and the citizens of the United States. Immigrants are more motivated to enter the U.S. to build a better life for themselves and their families by securing a higher paying job. The argument is that the illegal immigrants are taking jobs away from American workers, hurting the economy, destroying American culture and the way of life, and are responsible for a big part of crimes and drug trafficking. On the other side, many people in the U.S. believe that the illegal immigrants are noble people who cross the border for a chance at a better life, that they do not harm the U.S. economy, and that they do not deface America's culture. The different opinions about illegal immigration are the source of all the chaos, which is yet to be resolved.

Legalizing immigration will bring up the economy in the U.S. because it would now have increased tax revenue and that way resources and time wouldn't be wasted trying to deport the people who are only here to escape the poor quality in home countries. Illegal immigrants are supporting our economy by taking jobs that Americans don't want. Americans won't be satisfied or sustained by being paid one dollar an hour reaping wheat, or farming corn. Americans would protest for more rights as an employed citizen, and therefore, the prices of things in the U.S. are taken for granted. Alien workers play a very important part of the U.S. economy and throughout its history. The topic of illegal immigration often irritates emotion and currently gears many attention in the press. Immigrants are having more of an impact on the economy than ever before because of their large quantities in people. One of the benefits of immigration is that immigrants do pay taxes like property taxes, social security, sales tax and income tax providing a boost to the U.S. economy. In fact, many of them pay social security taxes and never collect it because they give fake social security numbers to their employers so they are not caught and deported.

There are approximately twelve million immigrants in the United States. It would be a waste of time and resources to try and deport millions of immigrants. This will create a new problem of a rising number of orphans and foster children. Deporting all immigrants would cause an outrageous increase in taxes.

"Millions of hard-working people who make enormous contributions to their communities and workplace are denied basic human rights because of their undocumented status." Amnesty is a viable answer for some Mexican immigrants, who are in illegal status her. The proposed immigration amnesty would benefit the 12 to 20 million undocumented aliens(illegal immigrants) currently living in the U.S. An amnesty for illegal aliens forgives their acts of illegal immigration and forgives other related illegal acts such as driving and working with false documents. The result of an amnesty is that large numbers of foreigners who illegally gained entry into the United States are rewarded with legal status for breaking immigration laws. Amnesties encourage additional illegal immigration into the United States.

Like many Americans people come to America, to seek "their dream" it is unjust and unfair that one must be forced to leave both opportunity and family behind. America was founded by immigrants that have worked hard to get us where we are today. In our world today some immigrants are not for the safety of this country, but neither are all who enter it are a bad influence. People just want a chance to start over, in the "Land of Opportunity." immigrants are just as important as any other person and they contribute a lot to our society. They helped the revenue of the U.S. grow, influenced societal changes, and once they have reached America immigrants deserve the right to keep working for "their dream."

CONS Americans believe that undocumented immigrants are exploiting the United States' economy. The widespread belief is that illegal aliens cost more in government services than they contribute to the economy. According to Alan Greenspan, "Some evidence suggests that unskilled illegal immigrants (almost all from Latin America) marginally suppress wage levels of native-born Americans without a high school diploma, and impose significant costs on some state and local governments. However the estimated wage suppression and fiscal costs are relatively small, and economists generally view the overall economic benefits of this workforce as significantly outweighing the costs." If illegal immigrant workers had been kept out of the U.S., employers would have had to pay higher wages to attract American workers. The American workers are unable to work for the low wages that many illegal immigrants are willing to work for. Some illegal immigrant workers may live with 10 or more adults in a single residence or apartment. Many do not have insurance on their cars or have health insurance, but they can go to the emergency room of a hospital, and most hospitals must supply emergency medical care to any patient. The health care may essentially end up costing the illegal workers nothing. Since most illegal immigrant workers have no or very few assets, it is not cost efficient for the hospital to spend much time and money trying to collect payment. This is assuming that the illegal

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