Illegal Immigration And The United States Essay

1296 Words Nov 20th, 2015 6 Pages
Illegal Immigration
According to the Department of homeland security an alien is classified as “Any person not a citizen or national of the United States.” Although the United States has strict laws enforcing immigration into the country in 2014 there was a total of 11.3 million illegal immigrants. These immigrants come for many reason but mostly for economic opportunity and to reunite with family already here. The problem is nothing is being done to stop it and something needs to be done. If a person living outside of the U.S. wants to become a citizen these people need to do it legally and follow the necessary path. On the government 's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services there is a 10 step pamphlet to becoming an american citizen that anybody can access. If an immigrant wants to enter the country there is no problem with them doing it in a legal manner,it 's when these immigrants do not do it legally that cause problems for the government and the people legally living there.
One of the major problems Americans face with illegal immigration is taxes. According to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy “The 11.4 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States collectively paid $11.84 billion in state and local taxes in 2012”. While that does seem like a lot of money if all immigrants become legal U.S. citizens that number would increase by over $2.2 billion. In colorado alone immigrants paid $114 million in taxes and If each of the…

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