The Effects of Illegal Immigration


According to an article in USA today, “Illegal Immigration population declines” Thomas Frank writes, “The number of illegal immigrants in the USA fell for the first time in at least four years, as the nations tough economy discourages people from sneaking into the USA”. Illegal immigration has been on an all time rise for the last 4 to five years, as the nations economy struggles to stay out of a depression. I believe illegal immigration has a great effect on how the economy is doing. It cost the nation millions and billions of dollars to pay for the problems that also come with illegal immigration. One large problem is the smuggling of drugs and other illegal things that come over are borders, with an already rising problem with gangs and drug cartels in the southwestern states illegal immigrants from Mexico only intensifies the problem. Another issue with illegal immigration is the already struggling healthcare in the United States many illegal immigrants are having babies therefore making there children U.S. citizens and force are hospitals to care for the mother and child for free or in other wards making the other U.S. citizens pay for through taxes and expensive healthcare costs. We also have many U.S. citizens struggling there selves and in some cases illegal immigrants are being taken care of instead of our own people who are here illegally. Also, with the state of the nations economy the government does not have the money to be spending on trying to stop the immigrants in the united states. The United States also has problems with Jail overcrowding especially in the southern states close to the United States border According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform, over the past five years more than 72,000 illegal criminal aliens have been arrested on drug charges alone. In 1999 29 percent of United States jail population consisted of illegal immigrants. I believe we should not jail and I think it would be cheaper to put them on a bus and send them back to there own country thus cutting out the problem of Jail overcrowding and reducing the costs of them living in our jails and spending taxpayers money on things like the food they eat and the cost to provide surveillance for these illegal criminal aliens. The final and one of the worst problems that comes with illegal immigration is the fact that many of these immigrants will work for less than minimum wage. The why this is a problem is because there is a reason for minimum wage in this country so that everyone gets somewhat of a honest pay for a days work but when an illegal immigrant will work for nothing then greedy employers will hire these immigrants so they can make more money off there business illegally. This also takes jobs away from U.S. citizens who want to work for an honest days pay. With the United States rising unemployment rates we can not afford to give jobs out to people that are here illegally. Illegal immigration devastates our economy in the United States in all of these ways and makes it harder for the honest citizens of the United States to live in there own country. Many people may argue that the United States was founded and built on immigration but the country was not built on illegal immigration. The united states already allow immigrants into our country legally. There is no good that comes out of illegal immigration because there is no moderation of it we are just having a free for all at the borders and there fore letting criminals and maybe even terrorist into the United States illegally and un-detected.

I think that one of the main reasons that people come into our country illegally is because of the state of there country and the way they have live. Also people that come into our country illegally are not always bad people many of them are just desperate for a way to make a better life for there selves and there families. When illegal immigrants can make 2 dollars an hour in the united states compared to what if anything they can make in there own country they jump to the idea of a wealthy life in the united states. I do not blame people for trying to have a better life for themselves in the United States but they have to do it legally which is some times hard to do when you have so many people trying to get into the country. Many illegal immigrants are bad though many illegal immigrants that come into the country are sometimes drug smugglers and are often related to gangs and many drug cartels such as the Mexican mafia and gangs of those sorts. The United States is a great place to live for an honest American citizen but many illegal immigrants are making it hard to live and more expensive to live in this country. Illegal immigration is greatly affecting our country and is no good for anybody in this country.

The number of illegal immigrants has reduced since the downfall of our economy and the recession we are in. I believe the reason for the number of illegal immigrants is falling little by little now is because our economy is not as great as it was and is making our country less opportunistic. Our country economy now is also making immigrants less motivated to try to come over here illegally when not even a regular American citizen can find a good job. I think that the illegal immigrants are also realizing in some cases that are country is going through hard times and it may not be worth it for them to try to come here illegally. If I was an citizen of another country I would not want to come to this country to live unless I had a career already setup for me here like some from the district of Columbia come here to play professional baseball, or like a citizen of Canada or Russia would come here to play hockey or football. The reason we have illegally immigrants is simply because our country is a great place to live compared to Mexico. In Mexico the conditions of living are very dirty and bad, there is trash in the streets all over and the water system is terrible. Many Americans can get sick from drinking the water in Mexico if they are not use to it. There is also a very big crime rate in Mexico due to the rising drug problem they have with rival gangs fighting for control of certain territories to sell and transport there drugs to United States. Also there a many kidnapping in Mexico by gangs for bribes to get money out of the families of the victim also another way to make money for the gangs and drug cartels.

Money creates a serious problem for all people, people will do almost anything to get there hands on a dollar. I believe this is why we have such a problem with illegal immigration. From every aspect of illegal immigration there is always money from the cost of illegal immigration to our country to the amount of money the illegal immigrants can earn once they get into our country. So I believe we stop giving the illegal immigrant money when they come over here to make it and we stop the problem of illegal immigration because that is what keeps driving the immigrants over to our country.

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