Illegal Immigration

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Maryssa Harris
ENG 216
20 March 2013
Illegal Immigration is Illegal
The United States is the country closest to Mexico, located only a few hours from Western States, Arizona and California. Due to the short distance, it has been accounted that 80% of illegal immigrants come from either Mexico or other latin countries. In 2007 an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants were accounted for, now that policies and regulations have become more strict, an estimated 11.1 million are left (Yen). Of course what many immigrants want U.S. Citizens believing, is that they all enter this “promised land” with good intentions. But aside from that, they enter this land as a problem, causing a rise in taxes and less employment opportunity for American citizens. No matter the reasons, illegal immigration is illegal. U.S. Born citizens typically have more opportunities than individuals from other countries, making it become one of the most opportunistic states. It would be shameful if one didn't acknowledge the many reasons why others would want to be here. But that doesn't mean that it wouldn't be as shameful to continuously provide for those whom entered into a country illegally, taking the jobs of legitimate citizens. Illegal immigrants cross over borders using false identification, stolen passports or even on smuggle boats, and then further their illegal acts by receiving jobs (Hanson). This then leads to events like the after math of the 2008 recession that began in September, where companies spiraled downward, eventually turning into employers who searched for low wage employees. In cases like these, illegal immigrants were ideal candidates because they were unfamiliar with obtaining jobs, so being paid minimum wage was “heaven” and anything less was the next best thing. Equivalent to before, immigrants are simply beating their competition, desiring a pay rate drastically lower than that of a citizen, leaving many Americans out of jobs. But how are they doing this when...
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