Illegal Immigration, the Drain on the U.S. Economy

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Illegal Immigration, the Drain on the U.S. Economy
Peter Fern
COM/150
02-12-2012
Shelli Meade

Illegal Immigration, the Drain on the U.S. Economy

The amount of money that comes out of your pocket for schooling, incarceration, jobs lost, and maintaining the medical system in the United States because of illegal immigrants may be more than people know. During the past few decades, the influx of illegal immigrants has risen dramatically. Illegal immigrants put a huge strain on our school systems, commit a disproportionate amount of crimes in this country and have taken many jobs that American citizens unemployed could do. The economic drain on the school systems is growing rapidly.
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It is stated by many politicians that the illegals only take the jobs that American citizens do not want. With the guest worker program and the use of H-1B visas, businesses use these workers at a significant lower rate of pay than they would have to pay a citizen. The number of H-1B visas issued in 1992 was estimated at less than 100,000. By 2002 the number climbed to over 1 million (Wagner, 2007). This abuse of the working visa is absolutely legal by any company looking for workers that are not citizens. The big business corporations are not looking to change this law as they would be out of pocket a great deal more money in wages. Every single person in the United States will be touched by the effects of illegals in this country at some point in their life. It may come in the form of a grocery bill, auto insurance, property taxes, driver’s license fees, hospital rates or many other areas. In the area of healthcare, the influx of illegals has proven to put a huge burden in all areas of the system. In California over the last decade many hospitals and emergency rooms have closed due to the illegals being treated there and not being able to pay the bills from the hospital. Right now, California out of the 50 states is last in the number of emergency rooms per million people (Jones, 2012, #6.). The insurance premiums for citizens keep increasing because when the illegal’s go to an emergency room
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