Thesis: Learning as much as possible about Illegal Immigration so that we may understand and try and find a reasonable solution.
I. What Is Illegal Immigration?
A. Illegal Immigration
B. When did it begin?
II. Toll of Illegal Immigration On America
A. Hidden Cost Of Illegal Immigration
C. The Loss America Suffers For Illegal Immigration
D. How Things Have Changed
III. America Speaks Up
A. Why Americans Are Prejudiced Against Illegal Immigrants B. Illegal Immigrants Tell Their Side of the Story
IV. What Can We do?
A. Playing Your Part
B. The Future
Mr. and Mrs. William Davis
Sophomore Research Project
16 January 2007
Illegal Immigration and Its Effect on America
Illegal Immigration is a very important problem today in the United States. It affects everyone, from the homeless to the wealthy. Illegal Immigration is when a foreigner crosses a national boundary in a way that violates the immigration laws of the country being left and the country being entered. Today, there are more than 20 million living in the US and an estimated 500,000 more arrive yearly. Many believe Illegal Immigration to be a relatively new problem but, in fact, it has been going on for hundreds of years. It wasn't until 1924 when the US really began enforcing immigration laws. One of the most controversial political issues of today is that of illegal immigrants from Mexico. Illegal immigration into the United States is a problem that should be stopped, as it is unfair to both Americans and to the people of the country from which they left. It is thought that the majority of illegal aliens residing in the U.S. are Mexicans. Roy Beck clarifies the situation by stating, "The national consensus is that the United States should be a post-mass immigration country has included most leaders of business, religion, labor, academia, and social work." Illegal immigration from Mexico must be stopped by means of different policies and other methods of prevention, because the effects on both Mexico and the United States are predominately unfavorable. One of the reasons Americans resent Immigrants is because of the toll it takes on our country. Let's consider the cost of illegal immigration. As of 2006, 500 billion dollars has been lost just because of identity theft. Illegal Immigrants have to have some way of getting jobs so they steal social security numbers and create their own identity. When this happens all earnings by the real person are not matched with the social security number so they don't get it and neither does the government. It is put into a file called the Earnings Suspense File and is never used. Also, Illegal Immigrants run up taxes like crazy. For example, when an Illegal Immigrant goes to the hospital it is automatically paid for and they don't have to pay a dime. Lets see, free food (food stamps), free healthcare, free drivers license ..can you blame them for coming? By giving them all of this we aren't exactly saying "Go Home!" With that kind of treatment even more immigrants will be calling America "home." Crime is another important issue. Any country in the world has crime issues but crime in the US has gone up dramatically since mass numbers of illegal immigrants began coming in. First, crime started increasing along the US/ Mexico border so, naturally, we beefed up the border patrol (Pacific Research Institute, Illegal Immigration and Crime). Ranchers on the U.S. side of the border began arming themselves because drug traffickers on mountain bikes carrying 100 pound marijuana loads were pouring over the border and riding through their property. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) also acknowledges that Mexican traffickers are sending tons of cocaine and heroin across the border. And, according to the New York Times Magazine, these Mexican traffickers are "often...