Immigration Reform is Needed in the US Essay

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Immigration in the United States The immigration patterns of the United States have fluctuated over the years, some years having little while others see a rising amount of immigrants, both legal and illegal, looking for opportunities to improve their lives. The amount of illegal immigration is a problem since many take advantage of the social services provided by the government without contributing towards the country since they are not citizens and many people see these illegal immigrants as a threat to their employment. Illegal immigrants do affect the U.S negatively in a number of ways, but if those illegal immigrants were to have a safe passageway towards gaining citizenship, the immigrants would contribute greatly towards the…show more content…
It would bring in 11 million new citizens who pay social security taxes and buy things”( Egan 1). Though attitudes towards immigrants are negative, immigration was not always bad, in fact it was once welcomed into America when it lacked a strong labor force. Most immigrants working in the U.S during this time learned that life as a worker here was better than their previous life. Both skilled and unskilled workers boosted the economy in strong times, but when the economy was on a fall, the unskilled laborers were hit hardest of all (Andryszewski 52). Effects of immigration on the economy also raise the argument over social service abuse, which is immigrants using social services provided by the government without paying social service taxes or being in the right legal status to obtain those services. Many have argued that illegal immigrants should not be entitled to health care services and public education should be denied to illegal immigrant children. If this were to happen then family migrants would be less common, and this is counter productive to the U.S, it is much better if the immigrants arrive with their families to help them assimilate better within society and makes them better citizens. Illegal immigrants children have the opportunity to gain a free education in
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