Illegal Alien- A foreigner who has entered or resides in a country unlawfully or without the country’s authorization.
There are three problems with illegal immigration: 1) It is unfair to any potential legal immigrants abiding by the law. 2) Illegal immigration ultimately hurts the economy. 3) Illegal immigration creates a disproportionate amount of crime.
According to the Pew Research center, out of the 325.7 million people living in the United States, 40 million of them are legal immigrants.
According to the Business Insider, there is a long and rigorous process to get a green card for an immigration visa.
Also, it is worth mentioning that this only applies for a green card. Just because you are a green card holder does not equate to the fact that you are a citizen. Furthermore, countries such as Mexico have stricter immigration policies than America.
On average, according to the United States Department of Homeland Security, the United States immigration process could take 6 months to all the way to ten years. Illegal immigrants are disregarding the already complex immigration system. Legal immigrants may be denied citizenship because an illegal immigrant took away their slot. As of January 2019, there are 328,328,162 people living in the United States. Therefore, the American people needs to choose who comes in the United States wisely and not accept someone who is here illegally.
My father and mother legally immigrated from South Korea in the late 1900s. Like the other 4 million people seeking a new life, they had to apply for a green card and undergo the citizenship process. What takes ten years to apply for citizenship could take ten minutes for someone to come to our country illegally. This is one of the reasons why illegal immigration needs to stop.
The second reason illegal immigration is a problem is because the economy is negatively impacted.
According to the Council of Foreign Relations, illegal immigrants make up 5% of the total workforce. Most, if not, all of them work blue collar jobs. They work manual labor jobs such as farming, construction, and transportation.
PBS and other news outlets came to the conclusion that the economy will suffer because of the lack of illegal immigrants. They say that the economy depends on illegals to be the backbone of our economy. I would agree with that if they pay one thing.
With the exception of sales tax, the only way for an illegal immigrant to pay federal and state taxes is to pay using a fake social security number or visa. Both of these methods are highly illegal. Also, illegal immigrants do not hold an incentive to pay taxes because tax laws are not enforced.
Now, it is hard finding a credible source to rely on for evidence. President Trump claims Illegal immigrants use 200 billion dollars. Fox News says 154 billion dollars. CNN says 54.86 billion dollars.
Therefore, I am going to stick with a statistic from the United States Census Bureau. It is a government operated website that does not have a political affiliation or personal agenda. According to their website, 116 billion dollars of the 3.7 trillion tax dollars are being spent for social services.
This is a problem because the government is providing these services to illegal immigrants, but the majority of them cannot or will not pay federal or state taxes. Again, I’m not saying every illegal immigrant does this. But as a whole, illegal immigrants are a tax burden on the American taxpayer. Thus, as a result, our economy is impacted.
Aside from the fact that entering the country illegally is a crime in itself, it is increasingly hard to find nationwide data on crime rates of illegal immigrants because there is an undetermined population of illegal immigrants. Also, illegal immigrants commit crimes at a disproportionate rate.
According to the Department of Public Safety, illegal immigrants have been arrested and charged 280,000 times since 2011 in Texas. Which means there are 39,000 cases per year. Some of these crimes are sometimes nonviolent crimes are such as theft or drug offenses. The department calculated that of the violent crimes there are 624 homicides, 1,911 robberies, and 3,955 sexual assaults (which, under Texas law, include rapes) annually. Which makes them 10% of all convicted murders in Texas.
Again, because of the increasing illegal immigration population, it still is hard to determine how many criminals are illegal. While these numbers are lower then the crimes committed by American citizens( including legal immigrants) it is still considered “extra” crime that could have been stopped by an increase of border security.
It doesn’t matter what side on the political spectrum you are on. The American people and government have an obligation to do everything in their power to protect and serve. The bottom line is this: illegal immigration is a problem socially, economically, and legally. How we solve this problem is up for a later discussion. I will talk about the nuances about Trump’s wall in a future article.
I welcome any comments or ideas you wish to talk about. I open to any debates and to listening to your side of the story.
Remember, let’s be polite; let’s be respectful, but most of all, let’s be outspoken.
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