Paper 2

Topics: Immigration to the United States, Illegal immigration, Immigration Pages: 4 (1279 words) Published: March 18, 2013
Monica Flores
Vanessa Ballmer
English 1301
29 March 2012
Do Illegal Immigrants Hurt the Economy?
Illegal immigration is a big issue in our country. It is an ongoing debate that is never ending to our country’s history. Many people have different opinions on the matter. There are different communities that have a positive outlook on it, and there are others that really have a negative point of view. I have always been interested in immigration issues and how it affects the country. I want to focus on one specific issue: do illegal immigrants have a positive or negative effect on the economy? To get a better understanding and have more knowledge about it, I will be getting different perspectives. I will be using four internet articles that show different perspectives on what the authors have researched and what the people think about it. I will also interview my mom. She is a perfect candidate because she was an illegal immigrant in the past. I will also interview my step dad because he has a strong opinion about the issue. He was born here and I got a very surprising input from him. Looking at different perspective is very beneficial and lets people see different sides of stories. It can lead to a lot of controversy but can be very helpful at times. The first piece of evidence I would like to share is one that agrees with illegal immigration being a positive factor for our economy. This information comes from The New York Times: The Newsmagazine for Teens. It states that “A 2006 study by the Texas State Comptroller estimated that the 1.4 million undocumented immigrants in Texas alone added almost $18 billion to the state’s economic output” (Ewing). This shows how illegal immigrants put in as much money into the state as legal workers. These immigrants also pay taxes on their homes, clothes, groceries, outings, and vehicles they purchase. Some people imagine how it would be if the illegal immigrants could be legal automatically, how the economy would...
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