Crossing the Border, Reaching the Light

1139 WordsNov 22, 20125 Pages
Crossing the Border, Reaching the Light An illegal immigrant is defined as anyone who migrates to a country for permanent residence without any form of identification. The number of illegal immigrants in the United States was estimated at 11.5 million in 2011, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. Of these 11.5 million immigrants, 58 percent came from Mexico, 23 percent from other Latin America countries, 11 percent from Asia, and 8 percent from Africa, Europe, Canada and elsewhere. How do they get in the U.S.? Why do they want to be here? How do they get jobs in the U.S.? Should all of these people be deported back to their native countries? Are illegal immigrants good or bad for the economy? There are several reasons why people want to…show more content…
The estimated cost of unreimbursed medical care in 2004 in California was about $1.4 billion per year. In Texas, the estimated cost was about $85 billion, and in Arizona the comparable estimate was $4 billion per year, according to Federation for American Immigration Reform. Many people complain that illegal immigrants take their jobs, and that is true because the illegal immigrants are cheaper to hire than citizens. There are also have positive points about illegal immigrants because these people have to eat and live, they have to buy products such as food, and clothes. It is hard to avoid paying sales tax because when every time these people buy something, they pay sales tax, and that money goes to state and local governments. They also have to go to work, so they automatically pay state and federal gasoline taxes if they fill up their gas tanks. According to ThinkProgress, illegal immigrants paid $8.4 billion in sales taxes, $1.6 billion in property taxes, and $1.2 billion in personal income taxes last year. In conclusion, whether having illegal immigrants in the United States is positive or negative for the country depends on what aspect immigration we found on. These illegal immigrants are still people, even though some might be criminals, or terrorists, most just are normal people who want the American Dream. Many of them work hard and have family who are here legally, and others support their families in their native countries.
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