Legalizing “Illegal Immigrants” in America There is a controversial debate and emotionally driven argument about “illegal immigrants” being legalized in America. There is a common misconception of what an illegal or legal immigrant is, many people believe that it’s an easy process and that the government grants a visa at no cost and that the immigrant is able to potentially work their way to becoming a resident or a citizen. The alarming truth is that the process is much more difficult than many Americans can understand and with the laws and regulations that are being enforced by the government gives some immigrants no other choice but to enter the United States illegally. There are many immigrants that want to contribute to America and society …show more content…
The categorization of illegal and illegal immigrant is morally and ethically wrong due to someone being criticized or harassed due to the nationality. Many states have implemented laws against people living in the United States that allows law enforcement and other agencies to profile an individual by skin color alone. Law such as Arizonas S.B 1070 where an individual can be pulled over or questioned by a police officer due to the appearance of the individual. Unfortunately the law was targeted towards Hispanic individuals only, the law allowed police officers to harass any individual by skin color alone even if that person did not commit a crime. Louisiana also implemented the “Prevention of Terrorism on the Highways Act, which includes the felony of operating a vehicle without lawful presence. Specifically, this crime consists of being an "alien student or nonresident alien" who "operate[s] a motor vehicle" without "documentation demonstrating that the person is lawfully present in the United States." The law has been used consistently to target Latino immigrants initially stopped for minor offenses such as speeding, malfunctioning brake lights, or driving with an expired license plate.” (qtd. In Cravens 162). The act gives a police officer’s probable cause to search the person without ever being questioned to the real reason the person was …show more content…
If the economic deficit was really an outcome due to the amount of illegal immigrants in the country the government should establish acts and bills to help generate taxable income from immigrants. According to the Urban institute there was an estimate in 1995 that illegal immigrants paid about $1.9 billion in taxes in the seven states studied ($732 million to California) and, in fact, accounted for a marginal fiscal surplus at the aggregate level (qtd. in Nadadur 1049). Further, the study found that legal immigrants paid $15.1 billion in income and payroll taxes in 2004 a significant increase when compared to the amount illegal immigrants paid. With a bill that allows immigrants to enter the country and work as legal residence or at least having a tax ID number so that they are able to be taxed for their wages the government could start to close the economic deficit. Illegal immigrants that are given a tax ID number or temporary residency will help the countries’ economy by eliminating business owners from hiring illegal immigrants which causes them to pay the taxes they wouldn’t be paying if they were hiring them
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Jason L. Riley is an American journalist, who works as a member of the editorial board of the The Wall Street Journal editorial board. Some of this work includes “Mistrusting Obama on ISIS—and Refugees”, “Liberals Don’t Want a Discussion About Race”, “The False Income-Inequality Narrative”, and a lot more articles. In “The Mythical Connection Between Immigrants and Crime”, Riley discusses how it is not true that immigrant are not criminals. He argues that” that immigrants—regardless of nationality or legal status—are less likely than the native population to commit violent crimes or to be incarcerated”. I will use this article to argue against the claims that some people make against undocumented immigrants, on how every undocumented immigrant
In 2010 a legislative act was issued in the state of Arizona and has received great attention and controversy. The Arizona Senate Bill 1070, Arizona SB 1070, permits police officers to determine the immigration status of whoever they arrest if, they have reasonable suspicion that they are illegal. SB 1070 has stirred controversy between people who are against illegal immigration and others who say this law allows profiling of Hispanics by the police. As of now, the United States Government’s immigration system is complex.
Facts are: illegal immigrants pay billions in taxes. Out of the 15 million unemployed Americans a lot of them aren 't very competitive, even if new jobs open up a lot of them would not keep them. Illegal Immigrants are not eligible for any state and or federal benefits. Technically, anyone who is born in the US is an American and they deserve to be treated as such.
Statistics uphold that undocumented immigrants are contributing to this nation by paying their taxes and the only obstacle that does not encourage more immigrants to participate is the fear of being deported. By creating a pathway to citizenship, more money would be collected from immigrants by requiring them to pay taxes. The notion that undocumented immigrants are taking American jobs has also been discredited by the data showing that foreign-born and native-born employees’ unemployment rates are insignificantly different by a fraction of a percentage. In addition, undocumented immigrants are generally the only ones who are willing to accept arduous jobs. The majority of undocumented immigrants are uneducated, but what they lack intellectually is made up by the long hours of hard work they are willing to endure.
Illegal immigrants are a major part of the US labor force and have been an important source of low-skilled labor supply to the US economy for many decades. The Pew Hispanic Center estimates that the number of unauthorized immigrants in the US labor force was 8.3 million in 2008, up from 6.3 million in 2003 but down slightly from the 2007 peak of 8.5 million. And there are currently 11.9 million unauthorized immigrants living in the United States, with an average of 500,000 new entrants arriving annually over the last decade. (Passel and Cohn, A Portrait of Unauthorized Immigrants in the United States, 2009).
Immigration is an important topic across the world that has caused a substantial amount of controversy that is still going on today. Immigration is a very serious matter that affects the United States as a whole in many different aspects. Some Americans frown upon the entrance of immigrants and do not believe that they should be granted with such a privilege. Although immigrants are classified as negative factors for America because of overpopulation, the abuse of government assistance and the importing of diseases, immigrants should be supported because of the overall meaning of America and their contributions to societal and cultural factors.
Immigration reforms have recently been a brewing topic within the media and has caught many people’s attention. This issue has brought multiple political figures and opinions into the spotlight, each accompanied by a plan and part of a political agenda. Central American immigration into the U.S. still remains unsolved despite the efforts of President Obama, who had promised a comprehensive immigration reform. Some believe that America was built upon immigrants, and that smart immigration practices will benefit the economy and the nation as a whole. However, others feel that immigrants hurt the nation by limiting the number of jobs available to Americans, and bring crime and public insecurity.
There are about, if not more, 11.3 million undocumented immigrants in the United States of America only in 2014. Mexicans make up about half of all unauthorized immigrants (52%), even though their numbers have been declining over the past years. The numbers have declined because it is said that just under Barack Obamas Presidency has deported 1.4 million undocumented immigrants while in office. An immigration reform would be helpful because it would boost the economy, increase tax revenue, decrease government deportation expenses, and in gaining legal status it will help keep families together. Many people oppose it but with the right regulations a reform, which both parties agree on, can be passed.
According to a study released last year by the Pew Hispanic Center, as of 2008, 11.9 million illegal immigrants lived in the United States, more than triple the 3.5 million who lived in the country in 1990 (Izumi). Immigration throughout the years has become a major issue in the U.S because of too many immigrants entering the country year after year. The U.S has come to a point whether they should deport the immigrants back to their country. Believe it or not, these immigrants are a big contribution to the U.S. If it wasn’t for them, the U.S economy wouldn’t be where it stands now.
In 2011 there were over 11 million Illegal immigrants living in the United States, because of illegal immigration millions of US citizens are losing jobs, money, and crimes have gone way up. It is apparent that the US government needs to crack down harder and deport all Illegal immigrants. This would help the people who grow up in the united states and finish school here, earn the jobs they deserve over less quality work for cheaper. Illegal immigrants should not be allowed to enter this country and steal jobs from US citizens. The country as a whole loses money when illegal immigrants come and use public facilities, illegal immigrants also have caused crimes to skyrocket.
“Undocumented immigrants contribute significantly to state and local taxes, collectively paying an estimated $11.64 billion a year’’(qtd. in “Is Illegal Immigration An Economic Burden To America?”). The U.S. would lose billions of dollars in taxes if they were to be deported. Not only do they pay their taxes, but they also help raise GDP.(“10 Critical Pros And Cons Of Illegal Immigration” ). The number of immigrants that do not pay their taxes is too limited for it to be considered a burden to our economy.
There is a problem that is very important to me and millions of illegal Immigrants across the country. The issue is the length and the expense it takes for an illegal immigrant to fix their legal statuses. There is a certain type of Visa which is called the U-Visa which is a type of Visa only people who have either been physically or mentally hurt by someone in the United States. This is important because if you detain an immigrant it cost money to keep him/her incarcerated, also if they can work legally then they can pay taxes making more money for the government. There are many families that have been separated because of deportation, in September of 2014 there were 5,100 children in foster care and it is predicted to rise by 15,000 in the
The United States of America, being a country founded by immigrants, is known all over the world as the land of great opportunities. People from all walks of life travelled across the globe, taking a chance to find a better life for them and their family. Over the years, the population of immigrants has grown immensely, resulting in the currently controversial issue of illegal immigration. Illegal immigrants are the people who have overstayed the time granted on their US, visa or those who have broken the federal law by crossing the border illegally. Matt O’Brien stated in his article “The government thinks that 10.8 million illegal immigrants lived in the country in January 2009, down from a peak of nearly 12 million in 2007.”(Para, 2) While some argue that illegal immigrants burden the United States of America and its economy, others believe that they have become essential and are an important part of the US, economy.
For decades, immigration has been a problem for the United States. Due to the people traveling from their native lands to the United States seeking a better life for themselves, and more primarily for the family that has come with them. Immigration is the action of settling into a country of which one is not native. Despite the many legal immigrants not every immigrant enters the country with legal documents and most of these illegal immigrants are poor and uneducated. Some undocumented immigrants commit crimes such as drug smuggling, or terrorism.
For examples, one of my nephew is pays nearly 10, 0000 dollar taxes every years. That way the government can help people who need money such as food stamps and all. Also, Immigrants people helps to develop science and technologies, and other fields. For example, the research by the Kauffman in the article Immigrants Are Crucial to the American Dream says that “25 percent of the U.S science and technology companies have their chief executives are foreign born and these immigrant are highly educated (Mike Ford 241).” For all this reasons immigrants help American society in positive way as