Illegal Immigrants: Should They Stay or Not?

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Illegal Immigrants: Should they stay or not?
Monica Lane
ENG 102
February 13, 2011
Terri Ruckel

Should illegal immigrants be allowed to stay in the United States if they entered the country illegally and not by the laws governing the states? An individual who is residing in a country illegally is known as an “illegal immigrant.” Regardless, of how an immigrant obtained their new home country, they decided to take a risk and move to a foreign country in search of a better life. Americans are mostly against illegal immigration. But the majority of Americans do not know the situation that our country is in and the damage that illegal immigrants do to our country. Americans believe something should be done to control immigration, legal and illegal. Our president and other elected officials almost all take an opposing view. We must recognize that any program that rewards illegal aliens who have broken the laws of the United States is undeserving and unwarranted pardon, no matter what it is called. Polls show that 70% of Americans want illegal immigration stopped and serious reductions in legal immigration down to fewer that 100,000 per year. Ten percent of Mexico now lives in our country. We pay $60 billion in expenses for immigration annually. Immigrants send home $10.5 billion to Mexico, $25 billion to Latin America, $16 billion to Asia and it is draining our country. The population of illegal immigrants has hit 35 million in the United States. Taxpayer dollars are funding luxury detention centers for these immigrants that have entered our country illegally. According to a news article from WSBTV in Atlanta, GA, the government is changing the holding facilities of illegal immigrants into “country club holding centers” that reward people who are breaking the law. One method often popular with immigrants from the Caribbean is to cross the Atlantic Ocean to reach the United States. Some immigrants from South America may fly into Mexico and here they find the assistance of a “coyote,” or smuggler to help them attempt to cross the border illegally into the United States. Others may try to slip into shipping containers, trucks or boxcars. Most will find a way to arrive at their destination no matter what risk of their lives they need to take. [pic]

Once in the country, they usually become employed at low-skilled jobs, like construction, landscaping, and house cleaning. They do not have to be fluent in the English language with these jobs. The mainstream media report, Impacts of Illegal Immigration Jobs (Wagner, 2011) is a report that discusses the topic that illegal immigrants are only “doing work that American’s won’t.” Illegal immigration supporters echo throughout out the halls of Congress and the White House whenever this topic comes. Up. What is never mentioned is the illegal immigrants are the only ones who will do the work for such low wages. Illegal immigration distorts the law of supply. The Government is hypocritical to want to raise the minimum wage on one hand, and on the other hand, favor toward illegal immigrants working at a far below the minimum wage. Since the mid-1960’s, Nearly 30 million legal immigrants have entered the county, yet another 15 million illegally. These immigrants have picked our fruit, cleaned our homes, and worked in factories; but they have also crowed our emergency rooms schools and government-subsidized aid programs. This sparks a debate about their contributions to our society and what costs are placed upon Americans. Illegal immigrants are not just picking lettuce and digging ditches any more. Jobs such as being a dry-waller, bricklayer, house framer, painter, roofer, carpet layer, plumber or electrician were decently compensated as a middle class trade. Now more and more illegal immigrants are doing these jobs for a lot less that the free market rate. Though there are a small amount of illegal immigrants on many of...
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