Essay on Citizenship and Immigration

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“Our communities will go far to improve the lives of a class of individuals who must hide in the shadows. Very soon many of these men and women will be able to step into the sunlight and, ultimately, if they chose, become Americans.” (Masci) Ronald Reagan claimed this speaking about the illegal immigrants in America. Under his administration illegal immigrants would at last become citizens, instead of having to hide, and will be able to pursue their dreams. There are an estimated six million illegal immigrants residing in the US. (Masci) Illegal immigration may result in a loss of American healthcare and decrease in wages therefore these immigrants must be allowed to obtain the proper paperwork necessary to become productive members of…show more content…
Studies show that illegal immigration results in the slightest wage loss for Americans who have to compete with illegal immigrants. Currently, there is no system to authenticate a job applicant. (Masci) This insinuates that companies are not paying attention to whether or not the applicant is a legal citizen. It also shows that companies will hire illegal immigrants, and that they are needed to fill American jobs. Allowing illegal immigrants citizenship will threaten the US health care system and public health. Many hospitals around the world have lost money providing free health care. (Newman) With the current downfall in the economy, if immigrants do not pay for health care, it might cause hospitals to go bankrupt, or even close. Another issue is that immigrants bring diseases such as tuberclerosis and leprosy. (Newman) Both of these diseases are deadly, but can be controlled with proper medical tests for immigrants who come to the US. These serious issues can be overcome, which would provide a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Most immigrants integrate with little trouble and get familiar to the culture and views, and do whatever for America. An average of about ten percent of men in America have not completed high school as opposed to the fifty percent in 1960. (Katal) The majority of the drop- outs works at places Americans do not want to work. Without immigrants, there would be many available jobs that Americans do not want to work at. If
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