Illegal Immigrants

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Rachel DeFelice
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To legalize or not to legalize immigrants?

Since the founding of the United States of America over 55 million immigrants have settled here. So you could say we are a country of immigrants. So why is immigration such an issue? Should immigrants be granted citizenship and by law be required to pay for taxes after five year of residency in the United States? Some may say that this is America, “home of the free” but nothing is free here or is it and for whom? If immigrants where forced to nationalize and given a past tax waver and through their taxes much needed revenue would reduce our deficit, help fund our schools, stabilize decaying medical and wealth fair systems and reduce the financial bleed out of our country to other countries specifically Mexico. To understand this better we have to look at the history of immigration. Immigration has been feared during economic hardship, political turmoil and war. From 1840 waves of violence have rocked the U.S.. Due to pull and push factors large groups of immigrants from Ireland, China, Russia, Japan, the ethnic jews, and now Hispanic and Haiti have all been feared, restricted and abused for varies reasons. Organizations like the ACLU, (Immigrants’ Rights Project) formed in 1985, are dedicated to expanding and enforcing the civil liberties and civil rights of immigrants and to combating public and private discrimination against them. However they may have protected them to much and to the detriment of Americans. The Bill of Rights is legislation that protects and enforce the protection of illegal aliens, but who’s protecting the average Joe? Well, surely not the IRS ( Internal Revenue Services). According to the Newsmax’s website on July 7, 2011, the U.S. Department of Treasury's inspector general, for tax administration, issued a sickening report entitled “Individuals Who Are Not Authorized to Work in the United States Were Paid $4.2 Billion in Refundable Credits.”...
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