Essay on Two Sides of the Illegal Immigration Issue

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Illegal immigration is a “hot” topic in our country. There is controversy between the state and federal governments over who has authority, and our elected officials in Washington are addressing the issue, with limited success. The majority of us have some opinion on the subject, and our opinions tend to be based on how the issue will impact us. We question if illegal immigration is good for us. What are the costs to us? Is it in the best interest of our country? As nearly twelve million people have secretly slipped across the border to invade our space, our concerns have increased. While our concerns are important, we should not limit ourselves to a one-sided view. Only by understanding both sides of the issue, will we be inspired…show more content…
The other issues that have raised concern relate to national security and unfairness. In order to protect our security, some opponents want to discourage entry by increasing patrols and surveillance and raising a wall to protect our southern border. These measures have failed in the past, and will likely do so in the future. By increasing the money we spend for added patrols and surveillance, we will only increase our costs. We should recognize that the majority of the individuals that have entered our country, by slipping across the border, are, otherwise, willing to abide by our laws for an opportunity at a better life. Their primary purpose is to improve their economic conditions, not to jeopardize our security or cause controversy with people holding legal status. Just as we look at the concerns of our citizens, it is equally important that we look at the concerns and issues faced by the illegal immigrants. We need to understand why they are risking illegal entry, and what they face once they arrive. It is easy to answer the question of why they are coming into our country. The illegal aliens are looking for a better life, one with economic stability. They are living in third-world countries where wages are low and jobs scarce. In order to feed their families, they look toward the north. They weigh their
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