Professor Mary Cook
21 March 2013
An Unfortunate Burden
Illegal immigration is one of the hottest debate topics in America today. Thousands of undocumented illegals cross the southern border of the United States each year. One group of these aliens comes to America with the hopes of making a better life for themselves with the hopes to become U.S. citizens. Another group comes to work without paying taxes and spends their money in Mexico. Illegal immigrants have an immediate impact on our economy, health care system, and our schools. Many of these illegal aliens acquire fraudulent documents or assume other identities. These identities come from stolen Social Security numbers that belongs to U.S citizens. The United States government should gain control of our borders to relieve pressure on our economy, salvage our health care system, and protect our children’s schools from being burdened with overcrowding.
Our economy remains under constant pressure from illegal immigrants. Workers coming to the United States leave their homes and families to come to America for the opportunity to make money. Illegal immigrants migrate to the United States and recognize that in order to live, they must produce a steady income. Most of these immigrants are un-skilled and work for a very low wage. Lower wages prompts employers, such as farmers, to hire illegal immigrants and not hire Americans for the same jobs. Taxes are not paid by illegal immigrants furthering the burden on the economy. Once wages are received, illegal immigrants send most of their earnings back to Mexico. “Mexican workers sent $21.2 billion back home to Mexico in 2010. Western Union Money gram from the United States shows that Mexican workers, mostly illegals, send money earned in the United States back to Mexico” (Gibson). The money being disseminated to Mexico is not used to reinforce the local economy where the money was earned. According to “the United States Department and the Central Bank of Mexico, remittances by Mexican nationals to relatives and friends were approximately ten billion dollars in 2002” (Amuedo-Dorantes 375). In order to relieve pressure on our economy, the Federal government should monitor money transfers to foreign countries and impose a higher transfer fee to offset taxes not being paid on wages received.
Healthcare cost in the United States continues to rise at alarming rates. Illegal immigrants play a crucial part of the skyrocketing healthcare cost. Federal law requires hospitals to provide emergency care to all people regardless if they have insurance or is able to pay for the needed services. “A United States (US) Census Bureau report of 2003 indicated that in the year 2002, more than 40% of foreign-born noncitizens residing in the US, including the undocumented and some lawful permanent resident aliens, lacked health insurance” (Baiden 5). Therefore, illegal immigrant’s inability to pay for hospital services drive the cost of procedures and needed services upwards for Americans who have insurance or means to pay out of pocket. More Americans are becoming unable to afford healthcare insurance due to the rising cost incurred by hospitals due to charity cases. With the increase of illegal immigrants spreading throughout the country, hospitals are being forced to close because of the increase of illegal immigrants seeking services that are not paid for. Another enormous burden on our healthcare system is illegal immigrant pregnant women coming to America for the sole purpose of delivering their baby on United States soil, which they believe gives them the right to stay in the United States under the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution. “There are 726,000Anchor babies born in the U.S. each year, the cost skyrockets to nearly $6 billion” (Selepak). The enormous cost to hospitals forced to care for illegal immigrant pregnant women are increased if the baby is born premature...
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