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Immigration is the act of leaving your own country to go live permanently in another one. America is a country founded on immigration, early British colonists were immigrants to North America. Today many immigrate to the United States for the hope of a better life by going through the proper steps to become an American citizen, while others sneak in and try to integrate themselves into our society in secret. This has created many problems. Illegal immigration is the result of increasing issues in developing countries, forcing many to leave their countries to try and find new homes in America. Immigration, if done properly, should be allowed. If immigrants want to go through the proper channels to become an American citizen, then that is their right. But more than 10 million illegal immigrants currently live in the U.S. and this number raises 700,000 annually. This means that 3 out of every 100 people in America are illegal immigrants (a person who crosses the border without a visa and/ or avoided proper inspection). Illegal immigrants can cause many problems for the United States, such as they show how open America’s borders are. Undocumented immigrants typically come to America looking for jobs to help support their families or to start a new life full of greater opportunities, but in this process they often “weaken the legal and national security environment..Even though they pose no direct security threat, the presence of millions of undocumented migrants distorts the law, distracts resources and creates a cover for terrorists and criminals”(Johnson). For example illegal immigrants like all humans require medical assistance, but they usually do not possess medical insurance. This puts a strain on our medical system because legally hospitals have to treat everybody, including illegal immigrants with or without insurance, resulting in overcrowding in our emergency rooms where illegal immigrants typically seek medical attention. And once they are properly treated hospitals have no chance of getting paid for the services the illegal patient required. The federal government spends approximately “17.1 billion dollars on medical costs of illegal immigrants”(Raley). Thus creating a medical resource depletion. Also adding to the resource depletion illegal immigrants generally work for cash. Therefore the state that they live in does not receive any tax revenue to provide additional funding for resources for them. In turn this causes “the federal, state, and local level taxpayers to shell out approximately $134.9 billion to cover the costs incurred by the presence of illegal aliens”(Raley).Another issue that illegal immigration creates is the ease in which businesses and individuals can take advantage of these immigrants.  Business’ can hire workers and pay them below minimum wage and give them little to no benefits in order to increase the companies own profits. One illegal immigrant worker named Lozano stated, “The employer knew we were undocumented workers. He hired us knowing that, and took advantage of us by not paying us overtime. He knew we were vulnerable and desperate. He never expected us to stand up for our rights, our human rights, and then when we did, he used his connections to send immigration after us”(Harris). In other words this is an issue because most illegal immigrants will not speak out for their rights fearing deportation and because of this will often be used unlawfully.   A bigger factor in not enforcing our immigration laws is the threat it poses to the safety of our American citizens. As Johnson pointed out illegal immigration “creates a cover for terrorists and criminals”. This statement can be supported by the 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack. One of the perpetrators in this horrific act of terrorism gained access into America by falsifying her documents and entering the country illegally. Stronger enforcement of our immigration laws could have prevented the loss of the 14 lives from this attack. On the other hand, there are so many reasons why people immigrate to America. America offers freedom, benefits, and protection, which are all important to many immigrants.  Some of these families of illegal immigrants have no choice and are forced to move. Immigrants are willing to give up everything in order to try and find a better life for them and their families someplace else. Many are fleeing from war zones, etc. The United States has accepted more than “3 million refugees”(The CAP), trying to flee their conflicts at home. This is why immigration should be allowed. These people fleeing their homes and travelling in some cases halfway across the world to come to the United States, should be given the chance at citizenship if that’s what they want.  Unless your ancestors were Native American, at one point in time your ancestors migrated here and settled, making them immigrants as well. So if your ancestors had the chance to come here and start fresh, why shouldn’t people today get that same chance? Lots of research has also been done on immigration often yielding positive results such as that immigrants often “start businesses…40 percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants” (CAP), immigrants “added an estimated $2 trillion to the U.S GDP in 2016″(CAP), and that “immigrants complement, rather than compete with American-born workers”(CAP), which means that overall legal immigrants have a good impact on our society. Immigration has played an important role in the history of America, and is one of the biggest controversial issues in our time. There are many opinions on immigration, some argue that immigration is at the core of America’s past, while others believe immigrants are invading america slowly taking over. Overall immigration if done lawfully is everyone’s right, but illegal immigration causes many problems and should be enforced more harshly.


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