The Biggest Problem Facing America

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Introduction
America faces a plethora of problems and issues on a daily basis. Let's face it, though many view us as superior to all other countries, we, as a nation, are far from a utopia. Because of our supremacy and power, we probably deal with more issues than any other country in the world. But, judging the importance of these issues is simply a matter of opinion. One can argue valid points for multiple issues as being the most important of all. In my opinion, third world immigration and the affects it has on America is the most important problem we face. Third world immigration into the United States of America has boosted poverty levels, put millions of Americans out of work, contributed to over 25 percent of the federal prison population, and has placed a tax burden of billions of dollars on the US taxpayer. The cities that receive the largest number of immigrants also have twice the unemployment rate, three times the population density, 40 percent more people living in poverty, and 40 percent more serious crime per capita than cities with few or no immigrant arrivals. (Coral Ridge Ministries, 1997) The Number

With immigrants arriving here by the millions every year, the immigration population is beginning to become slightly out of control. According to the Center for Immigration Studies the immigrant population is growing six and half times faster than the native-born population. Over the next 50 years the US Census Bureau projects that immigration will cause the population of the United States to increase from 270 million to more than 400 million. The number of illegal immigrants alone represents the population equivalent of 17 congressional districts. If these people continue to migrate here, in the future this could cause major problems with the amount of space we have. Population has been a concern for environmentalists for since the first Earth Day in 1970. Had we stabilized immigration at replacement numbers in 1970, the US population would have stabilized at 225 million in 2020 and then gradually decrease to an environmentally stable level. This did not happen. In 1965 there were amendments made to the Immigration and Nationality Act that increased immigration six-fold. To preserve our environment we need to focus on fertility and consumption as well as acknowledging the large part that current immigration numbers play in U.S. population growth and the need for lower levels of immigration into the U.S. Third World Immigration and the Economy

There is this sort of liberal belief that Third World immigration benefits the U.S., meaning there this idea that these immigrants are bringing much needed skills to the country. In reality this may not be so truthful. In 1996, according to the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1.2 million immigrants joined the U.S. population. Fewer than 5 percent of these immigrants were admitted because of their job skills. (Washington Post, 1997) As Americans we know that a good education is what it takes to get a good job. In Third World countries’ dropping out of high school is very common. The high school dropout rate in most Latin American countries exceeds 50 percent. (The Wall Street Journal, 1999) This is crippling to our economy because it raises the poverty level. Forbes Magazine posed the question: “Why has immigration increased the poverty rate?” and then answered it by saying: “They (the immigrants) are unlikely to do well in the knowledge of the economy” (due to lack of skills). Continuing to allow so many immigrants leaves us with a mass of undereducated people, unable to work in our society, especially because we are so dependent on technology. All of these things combined lead to a higher unemployment rate. This affects our economy greatly because these immigrants must use social welfare services, which in turn place an additional burden on the native-born American taxpayer. The proportion of immigrant households using welfare programs is estimated by...
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