Illegal Immigration

By Jack Nooney

Background

  • "89% of Americans think illegal immigration into the U.S. is a problem (30% "extremely serious," 33% "very serious," and 26% "somewhat serious." (Time Magazine, Jan. 2006)"
  • "Assuming you "legalized" every man, woman and child in the US tomorrow, what happens? The working person's price rises. Which means that they will be replaced by new people from Central America or Asia that will remain invisible."
  • "The idea that "illegal immigrants are stealing American workers jobs" sounds fairly solid on its face unless you happen to live in the American Southwest and notice that wherever day laborers congregate, there aren't a whole hell of a lot of white folks."
  • "Despite these claims, immigrant rights activist Anne Carr argues that immigrants commit crimes as often as American citizens, a fact “true of both legal and illegal immigrants.”
  • "There were 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. in 2014."

Cons

  • "Yes, they compete for jobs with native workers, and that causes a lot of problems for a lot of people."
  • "the biggest threat to our economy is how these people will impact our social safety nets and other public programs."
  • "Obviously, our government budgets are already stretched thin, so bringing in a bunch of hungry mouths to feed is taxing on precious resources."
  • "On the flip side, unskilled and semi-literate workers are expensive to society; it doesn't matter the nationality or legal status."
  • "People violate immigration laws when entering the United States in several ways"

Pros

  • "Illegal immigrants, undocumented workers, whatever nomenclature you want to use, are a double-edged sword. When people move into an area, legal or not, that means more consumers and potential workers. It also means there is some measure of local economic opportunity."
  • "Unauthorized immigrants make up 5.1% of the U.S labor force"
  • . "There were 11.3 million unathorized immigrants in the U.S in 2014.The population has remained stable and currently makes up 3.5% of the nation’s population. The number of unauthorized immigrants peaked in 2007 at 12.2 million, when this group was 4% of the U.S. population."
  • "Mexicans make up about half of all unauthorized immigrants (49%), though their numbers have been declining in recent years."

Final Thoughts

I think that Illegal immigration benefits the US because they take small jobs that Americans don't want so it leaves the higher paying jobs for Americans.

Citations

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  • Hornberger, Jacob G. "Immigration Should Not Be Restricted." Immigration. Ed. Mary E. Williams. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2004. Opposing Viewpoints. Rpt. from "Keep the Borders Open." World & I 17 (Jan. 2002): 44. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 9 Dec. 2015.
  • "Illegal Immigrants in U.S. Tops 10 Million." UPI Photo Collection. 2009. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 17 Dec. 2015.
  • "Illegal Workers Protest Ouside Union Center In Paris." UPI Photo Collection. 2009. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 17 Dec. 2015.
  • Krogstad, Jens M., and Jeffry S. Passe;. "5 Facts about Illegal Immigration in the U.S." Pew Research Center RSS. Pew Research Center, 19 Nov. 2015. Web. 11 Dec. 2015.
  • "Illegal Immigrants." Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection. Detroit: Gale, 2015. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 10 Dec. 2015.
  • Norris, John. "How Do Illegal Immigrants Impact U.S. Economy?" The Montgomery Advertiser. N.p., 27 July 2014. Web. 15 Dec. 2015.
  • "Undocumented Workers Uncertain about Future." UPI Photo Collection. 2009. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 17 Dec. 2015.
  • Wendell, Johnny Angel. "Illegal Immigration Benefits America." Immigration. Ed. Debra A. Miller. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2014. Current Controversies. Rpt. from "The 'Do Nothing' Solution to 'Illegal Immigration,'." www.sfbg.com 17 May 2013. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 8 Dec. 2015.