Illegal Immigration

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Illegal Immigration into the United States is one of the most controversial, present day, issues. The United States has experienced major waves of immigration since its existence. However the newest wave of immigration has grown major concern over the past few years. The new wave of immigration is known as illegal immigration and is coming from the border between Mexico and the United States. The border stretches 1,950 miles and shares a border with the states Texas, California, Arizona, and New Mexico. (“Hispanic” 1).
Illegal immigration began after the “implementation of the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882, which barred the entry of Chinese immigrants” (Garcia 2). Currently, there are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.
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These people claim that illegal immigration is an economic burden to America. (“Is” 1). Immigrants use government benefits, education, medical care, and services; it is estimated that “the average unlawful immigrant household received around $24,721 in government benefits and services while paying some $10,334 in taxes. This generated an average annual fiscal deficit of around $14,387 per household.” (Rector 1). Illegal immigration also costs taxpayers “about $113 billion a year.” (“Is” 1). “Illegal aliens pay little or no taxes, and they send millions of dollars out of the U.S. to their home country.” (Coffey 4). It is also costly to educate the children of illegal immigrants. The number of immigrant children in public schools is growing at an alarming rate; according to a recent study “there were more than 630,000 immigrant students nationwide in the 2013-2014 school years”. (Brown 3). The taxpayers are paying for the costs of all these immigrant children. The U.S. Census Bureau calculated that each immigrant student costs about $12,028 and “if one multiplies $12,028 by the roughly 3.7 million students with illegal-immigrant parents, then one gets a national total funding cost of $44.5 billion.” (Izumi …show more content…
Law enforcement “has been burdened by illegal immigration, especially with the great increase in drug smuggling across the border.” (“Hispanic” 2). The Border Patrol has become “very active in efforts aimed at illegal drug trafficking, especially as the Mexican drug war involves so much of the U.S. border region. (“Customs”3). The U.S. has also had to “authorize the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to designate areas within the United States that exhibit serious drug trafficking problems and harmfully affect other areas of the nation as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA).” (“Border”

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