Mexican Immigration in the United States
Mexican immigration has become a major controversy in the United States over the past few years it has developed into more than just a social issue but also a political issue. There are approximately 11.7 million illegal immigrants in the United States. (Preston, 2013) There are approximately 8.5 million undocumented workers in the U.S. ("Illegal aliens taking," 2013) and the current unemployment rate is approximately 7% of the American population. There are several reasons that Mexican immigrants choose to move to the U.S. illegally and I’ll list a few. In the United States we have the ability to choose religion, to choose how many children we will have, to choose what we want to read on the internet. The median family income in the U.S. is $51,017 per year. (Hargreaves, 2013)The median family income in Mexico is $3,001 per year. ("Mexican household incomes," 2013) These are just a few reasons that so many are willing to risk going to jail or being deported back to their homelands. However this behavior has had a detrimental effect on the U.S. economy. Undocumented workers, some suggest, undercut wages and take jobs that would otherwise go to taxpaying Americans. This issue hits close to home for me. My name is Andy Solis. I grew up in California and moved to Idaho when I was 12. My mother, Jackie Solis, was born here in the US. She was number 9 of 11 children. She went to school until she was 12 and then my grandfather made the decision to pull her out of school so that she could work and help support their family. My father, Raul Navarrete, was born in Guadalajara. He was the youngest child in a family of 10. He did not attend any schooling in Mexico and was involved in a gang before his ninth birthday. He was selling and using drugs at the age of 11. My grandfather wanted to send my dad to the US to live with his oldest brother and get him away from his friends. He did not have the money to apply for a green card...
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