Illegal Immigration

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Illegal immigration has been a source of mounting concern in the United States since the 1970’s. Statistics indicate that the past ten years have witnessed an increase in the number of illegal immigrants with the number estimated to increase in the future. “The percentage of illegal immigrant population from Mexico was 59% (or 6.8 million) as of January 2013. Other countries with large amounts are El Salvador (660,000) Guatemala (52000), Hondorous (380,000) and China (280,000)” (Infoplease 1). The rising number of illegal immigrants over the past ten years has led to an increasing concern about the effects of illegal immigrants on wages, national security, and public finances. Evidently, illegal immigration has been a source of economic…show more content…
Most studies claim that illegal immigrants and their children drain public reserves. The cost of educating illegal immigrants’ children is a part of the national budget equation, and as a result, the illegal immigrants constitute a considerable drain on local public funds and on state. The issue of educating immigrants’ children led to a court ruling that those children who reside in the United States, regardless of their immigration status, are entitled to attend public schools. As a result, there is a probability that most US native families with children obtain more in local services and in the United States, especially in education, than what they pay for in local taxes and in state (Johnson & Laura, 9). Illegal immigrants are net fiscal drainers, according to a study, because of their low income and low payment of taxes, not because they are big consumers of public resources. They work in low – wage occupations and generate little tax revenues. Many illegal immigrants do not collect benefits, in spite of payment of some taxes and Social Security, and they are not entitled to many government services. They use pregnancy – related health care and emergency services, and their US born children are entitled for social programs (Johnson & Laura, 10). Diseases that were virtually wiped out have begun to reappear. Illegal immigrants lack insurance, citizenship status and therefore lack treatment for infectious diseases. Many of

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