Reasons Against Illegal Immigration

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Illegal Immigration in Canada and the United States: Sanctions against Illegal Immigration and its Overall Impact
Should illegal immigrants be forced to leave? This is a question that has been hotly debated for decades in both Canada and United States. While there are obvious drawbacks to illegal immigration, there are many more compelling reasons that effectively argue why undocumented residents in Canada and the U.S. should be permitted to remain in their adopted countries. This paper will review the current sanctions for those who contravene immigration policies, and will present the positive contributions of illegal immigrants.
From the time Canada became a nation until 1895, a relatively free entry system allowed numerous immigrants to
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It is certainly easier to migrate to the U.S. than Canada (Jedwab & Hardwick, 2010), but enforcement of sanctions for illegal immigrants is much more intense. Local police in addition to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents are authorized to arrest and screen those suspected of being illegal immigrants. For those who are arrested and sent to local jails, the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) has successfully linked local jails to federal immigration databases which makes it easy to identify illegal persons (PEP, n.d.). This could be viewed as a positive measure because it would remove those who are not positive contributors to society, but what about those who do not get convicted? While they may be proven innocent of the crimes for which they were arrested, they would still eventually be sent to immigration detention facilities and be treated like criminals.
Undocumented immigrants impact Canadian and American society in many positive ways. They meet labour needs, they contribute to the economy as workers and consumers, and they add to the ethnic and cultural diversity of both
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Should a lack of official documentation be the only consideration for sending millions of people back to poverty, few opportunities, or dangerous environments? In reality, the costs would be too great—not only to the people themselves but for the millions of businesses that rely on them as labourers and consumers. This is what undocumented immigrants offer to Canadian and American society and their very presence adds to the richness and diversity of these nations. Rather than deportation, providing opportunities for naturalization and citizenship would be a far less costly and much more advantageous

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