Essay about Illegal Immigration in the United States

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Illegal immigration in the US is and has been an ongoing battle for many years. According to legal-dictionary an illegal immigrant is define as an alien (non-citizen) who has entered the united sates without government permission or stayed beyond the termination date of a visa. There are many problems that occur such as overpopulation, raising crime rates and unemployment. Some Americans have issues with illegal immigration and some do not. Those with the issues are concerned about illegal immigrants taking Americans jobs and not paying taxes. Those without the issue are mostly business owners who hire them because most immigrants will work for a low wage and owners also do not have to claim them on their taxes. Therefore the American …show more content…
If businesses are fined or have some other disciplinary actions taken against them for hiring illegal immigrants, this would force them to stop. If they are more careful with whom they hire, illegal immigrants would not have a place of employment, therefore decreasing the number of illegal immigrants who come to America looking for jobs.
America is considered to be “the land of Opportunity”. From jobs, to healthcare, America has a lot to offer, which is why so many people want to live here. The issue with this is the US only allows a certain number of immigrants per year to become citizens. The majorities of immigrants who want to come to America know this and feel they might not be accepted in the small number that is allowed so they enter the country illegally. According to an article found in the New York Times, in 2008, there was an estimated 11.9 million illegal immigrants in America and since then the number has grown. Another solution to the illegal immigrant issue is to raise the number of visas given to immigrants per year. In another passage taken from the article by Jeff Jacoby, he states, “But because US law authorizes only 5000 visas annually for the low skilled immigrants, there is no lawful way for most of the workers we need to enter the country.” By giving such a low number of visas to immigrants each year, it causes other immigrants to want to enter the country illegally, in an act of desperation. By raising the number of visas given, it can
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