Should Illegal Immigrants Be Deported

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Should Illegal Immigrants Be Deported?

Philosophy 518
Dr. Davis
June 25, 2012

Illegal Immigration 1

Introduction
It is important for businesses and professionals to be versed in ethical issues because it helps with decision-making when faced with different situations that create a moral dilemma. Business and professional ethics help to develop a certain moral standard and expectation in the business world. The ethics in which a business or a professional operates within benefits both the giver and receiver. Engaging in the exchange of goods, services and information requires some level of trust in order to maintain civility. The thought that a person or a business is doing things that are unethical would weigh heavily on rather or not to do business with them. Understanding the existence of a common standard provides a mutual sense of security and trust for everyone. Issue

There are constant ethical issues to deal with in a democratic society. We are always faced with conscience or sub-conscience dilemmas dealing with all kinds of issues. One issues in particular is illegal immigration in the United States. Should Illegal immigrants be allowed to stay in the United States? This is a topic that gets emotions running high because it deals with everything from basic compassion for another human being, to homeland security. This issue is important to both legal and illegal immigrants, as well as American because it affects us all in some way or another. According to the Pew Research Center there are approximately 12 million undocumented immigrants in this country . Identifying the right thing to do defines the moral Illegal Immigration 2

thread that lies within us. There’s always a situation or circumstance that tugs at these moral threads. What is the right thing to do? Failure to control our borders is creating a major economic burden for the United States. Illegal immigration is a looming problem that is growing out of control. Many have illegally crossed the borders, while others have over stayed their visas. The current laws and enforcement is place needs to be analyzed for its effectiveness and any necessary changes need to be implemented.

Analysis
Illegal Immigration
Pro: Illegal immigrants should be deported
Point: They have broken the law to enter into this country and should not be allowed to stay. Illegal immigrants should have to go through the proper steps in order to gain legal citizenship like anyone else. They should not be rewarded with citizenship for breaking the law. Illegal immigrants are not legal citizens of this country and are not entitled to the same rights and privileges as legal citizens. The law can’t be broken in their pursuit of happiness. Counterpoint: Although the law was broken to enter the country, many immigrants are fleeing from some horrific conditions like famine, war, political strife, religious persecution and ethnic cleansing. America is the greatest country in the world and it is more than merely a good deed, it’s our moral responsibility to protect these people by allowing them to take refuge in our country and start a new life. Illegal Immigration 3

Point: Illegal Immigrants are an economic burden by driving up the cost of government resources such as health care, education, welfare, etc. and not reimbursing these programs by paying taxes. It is costing the federal, state and local government billions of dollars for programs that are already in jeopardy of not being able to sustain their obligations to American citizens. These costs are impacting the economy negatively and compromising the social fiber and effective operation of this country. Counterpoint: Although illegal immigrants don’t contribute to the reimbursement of governmental services through income taxes, they do pay sales taxes and purchase goods and services. Con: Illegal Immigrants should not be deported

Point: Immigrants greatly...
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