The Effect of Illegal Immigration on the US Economy Essay

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The United States of America, being a country founded by immigrants, is known all over the world as the land of great opportunities. People from all walks of life travelled across the globe, taking a chance to find a better life for them and their family. Over the years, the population of immigrants has grown immensely, resulting in the currently controversial issue of illegal immigration. Illegal immigrants are the people who have overstayed the time granted on their US, visa or those who have broken the federal law by crossing the border illegally. Matt O’Brien stated in his article “The government thinks that 10.8 million illegal immigrants lived in the country in January 2009, down from a peak of nearly 12 million in 2007.”(Para, 2) …show more content…
Douglas S. Masey stated in his article that “the usage rate for food stamps and welfare among illegal immigrants has remained as low as three percent to four percent over the past two decades but the percentage of illegal immigrants sending their children to public schools fell from 12 percent during 1987-1992 to just 7 percent for the years 1997-2002.” (Para, 6) Illegal immigrants make up the unskilled sector of the population and work mainly in the agricultural, construction and service industry.
Border Angels is a non-profit organization that supports illegal immigrants and aims to stop the unnecessary deaths of individuals travelling through the desert areas along the borders of United States. They provide them with water and other supplies they need to help them on their journey. We Are America another organization that provides the public with illegal immigrant stories and how immigration has affected them and that they are real people. They want to let their voice be heard that they are also apart of America. American Immigration Lawyers Association is another organization that supports illegal immigrants by promoting justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration laws and policies.
Contrary to this, others believe that illegal immigrants threaten the United States HealthCare System, Madeline Pelner Cosman stated, “In 1994, 74987 anchor babies in California hospital maternity unit cost $215 million and constituted 36 percent of
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