Illegal Immigration Is A Significant And Major Economic Problem

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Illegal immigration is a significant and major economic problem in the United States. Statistics show the negative impact of this issue. It is a government debate that is currently a major issue in the White House . Illegal immigration is debated and viewed by government, ethnic, and religious groups in different ways. It affects us on a national and local scale and solutions to the problem are desperately needed.
In 2012 The Department of Homeland Security estimated that there were 11.4 million illegal immigrants living in the United States, and 59% of the illegal immigrants were from Mexico. In 2012 there were 6,720,000 illegal immigrants from Mexico alone. Also, in 2012 there were approximately 41 million total immigrants that lived in the United States. These statistics mean that 27.8% of the immigrants that live in the U.S. are illegal. Unbelievably, this data does not include the number of immigrants that failed in illegally entering the U.S. In 2013, a total of 662,483 unauthorized immigrants were apprehended, and 438,421 of those illegal immigrants were removed from the U.S. and 45% of the immigrants had a prior criminal conviction. Illegal immigration costs American taxpayers $113 billion a year. Most of that money comes from schooling illegal immigrants children, costing $52 billion. Almost 75% of the illegal immigrants that enter the United States come from Central or South America.
A debatable question on this subject is, “What causes people to illegally…

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