Illegal Immigration And The United States

1126 WordsApr 6, 20175 Pages
Illegal Immigration Illegal immigration, according to an online dictionary is, “an alien (non-citizen) who has entered the United States without government permission or stayed beyond the termination date of a visa” (thefreedictionary.com). This issue has been a controversial and divisive topic throughout the world. Illegal immigration is a serious threat to national security. Lack of proper immigration can cause harmful consequences, and while there is much debate over what to do with the many illegal immigrants in the country, it is evident that it is a burden and very damaging. Illegal immigration dates all the way back to the nineteenth century, and since then has only grown more apparent. Around this time, however, illegal, and…show more content…
Protecting that Southern border is just as important as any other part of the world as far as I’m concerned—and more important” (Scarborough Illegal Immigration is National Security Issue). To reiterate what Dan Burton stated, illegal immigration is such a huge threat is because not only are drug dealers making their way across, but terrorists will find any way possible to get into the country, increasing the many lives that are at risk. Some people even argue that a large portion of the anxiety that comes from this issue is based on the attacks on September 11th. In fact, James A. Lyons, retired admiral in the United States Navy, stated, “It is an acknowledged fact that since we have refused to secure our borders, we have facilitated the transit and infiltration of al Qaeda affiliated terrorists and narco-terrorists who are now living illegally in the United States. This is a serious national security issue, as manifested by the Boston Marathon bombing”. For further emphasis, the gang Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13, has also been reported of taking advantage of the immigration problem along the border. It is evident that these members and individuals are not peaceful, but rather coming in with the main goal of harming as many people as possible. These examples surely unveil the huge threat to national security that is being stemmed from illegal immigration. It cannot be stressed
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