Illegal immigration

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Alien Invasion
Illegal immigration is widespread throughout the United States. There are 12 million or more illegal aliens in the United States, this number continues to rise (Swartz). This influx of illegal immigrants causes jobless Americans to lose out on opportunities. Employers choose to pay illegal immigrants lower wages than American workers. Is it right to pay illegal immigrants less than Americans to do the same job? Should the illegal immigrants be deported? Should border control be increased? Will border control help to decrease illegal immigrants? Will the argument hold for the 14th amendment? Is the child of an illegal immigrant a citizen of the United States? Will anyone stand up to illegal immigration? Most people are
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General Joseph Swing was tasked to formulate a plan for the apprehension and deportation of illegal aliens, named Operation Wetback. He ignored congressman who supported illegal immigrants and was not able to be bought by corrupt men. On June 17, 1954, more than 700 border patrol agents were sent by Swing to start the sweep through Arizona and California. Within a month, more than 25,000 illegal aliens were taken into custody by Swings border patrol agents. Thousands more, fearing arrest, had self-deported. By September, nearly 100,000 illegal aliens had been taken into custody and deported while an additional 700,000 had chose to self-deport as to not risk arrest. Swing has been successful with having limited funds and only 700 agents in the field at any one time. But Swing had an abundance of determination and will to enforce the law. What Swing did in 1954 could be done today if only the government had the will. Retired Border Patrol agent Walt Edwards, who participated in the sweep through the Southwest in 1954, declared in 2006,
Some say we cannot send 12 million illegals now in the United States back where they came from. Of course we can… When we start enforcing the law, these various businesses are, on their own, going to replace their illegal

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