Essay about Illegal Immigrants And The United States

797 Words Apr 5th, 2016 4 Pages
Did you know there are about 320 million people in the United States according to the U.S. Census Bureau, but 11 million people in the U.S. are illegal immigrants? Many people accuse illegal immigrants of harming America’s economy, which may not be the exact issue. Many families cross the Mexico-United States border into the United States searching for a better life and the number of the undocumented alien population continues to grow. Although illegal immigrants may hinder American citizens, illegal immigrants do not harm America’s economy, therefore the illegal immigrant children should continue to be given birthright citizenship and be able to be educated despite the costs. To begin with, the children of illegal immigrants should continue to be given birthright citizenship because denying someone citizenship if born in the United States violates the 14th amendment. The 14th amendment has been entrenched in the Constitution since 1868, along with granting citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States” with equal rights and protections under the U.S. laws (14th amendment par.1). Jack Kemp argues that denying citizenship is not the legal way to react to the illegal immigration problem, “It is absolutely clear that legislative efforts to circumscribe the 14th amendment would raise a series of doubts and concerns about the bedrock civil rights protections that have been enshrined in our Constitution since the Civil War” (Kemp 2). Putting a foot down to…

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