Curbing illegal immigration in the United States Essay

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Immigration, both legal and illegal, has been an issue since the first European set foot on the shores of this country. Approximately 400,000 new illegals enter the United States each year. With an estimated 11,000,000 people currently living in the U.S. illegally, the problem has reached critical mass (Haerens 18). Dealing with this, costs the country an estimated $113 billion annually: $16.4 billion in Texas alone (Barnes C1). According to the Center For Immigration Studies, tax credits paid to illegal immigrants exceeded payments by illegals by $7.3 billion during the period from 2005 to 2010 (Schulkin 2). Education, health, food assistance, police, and municipal support, also contribute to the overall cost. Many experts and…show more content…
This can be a compelling motivation to risk illegally entering a prospering country, such as America. Immigrating to America legally, however, is no easy task. Current immigration laws require that applicants have specific education levels or skill sets, a history of good citizenship, and evidence that they will not be a financial burden to the country. Unfortunately, poor and uneducated migrants have little chance of legally entering America and, unsurprisingly, nearly two thirds of illegal immigrants in the USA don’t have high school diplomas (Schulkin 14).
Another reason for illegal entry is the ease of which undocumented migrants live and function in the United States with little or no consequence. This lack of enforcement is prevalent along Border States and includes relaxed attitudes toward both migrant workers and local employers of illegals. According to the Department of Homeland Security website, illegal immigrants have little more than a 2% chance of being caught and deported and in 2010, only 2,875 US companies were audited for employee documentation -with only a fraction of those employers penalized (1). In many states illegal immigrants convicted of violent crimes, complete their sentences and are released from prison without deportation. In most states, illegal immigrants can attend schools or colleges, receive taxpayer assistance, open bank accounts, and purchase items unrestricted:
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