What Is The Effects Of Illegal Immigration

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“They’re bringing drugs, crime and rapists” says presidential candidate Donald Trump on the topic of illegal Mexican immigration. Illegal immigration has been a pressing issues facing the United States since the mid 19th century. Every year, thousands of Mexican residents attempt to enter America in hopes of getting a job or better place to live. The question to why the numbers of illegal immigrants have been growing exponentially can be answered with a simple explanation: a financially struggling and violent Mexico that has to turned to corporations and the United States for help. However, this comes with a cost. So, why don’t these people immigrate to the United States legally? Because they can’t afford to wait that long. Thousands of other …show more content…
This act proposed that if someone could prove that they entered the US illegally but under the age of sixteen, they could be guaranteed temporary residence until they were proven worthy of permanent residence. Doing so involves constant good behavior and a show of true effort to provide for themselves financially. Obama felt this would attract too many young immigrants, so he proposed a refined version of the DREAM Act: the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This proposal stated the same as the DREAM Act, but that the individual needs to have been under the age of sixteen before 2007 (What Is the Difference between the DREAM Act and DACA?). Therefore, slowly but surely, children would no longer be used as a scapegoat, and the numbers of them would decrease. And, although the number continues to rise it is not at as fast a rate as it had been …show more content…
This has caused the United States to turn to a lottery system in which only a limited amount of Mexican citizens are selected, an amount chosen by President Obama. Restrictions have also been set that one needs to meet in order to apply to be a legal immigrant. Anyone applying must already be employed, have certain family ties, go through refugee or asylee processing, or win in this very limited lottery. However, some of these requirements also come with restraints when still a Mexican citizen. For example, when being labeled a refugee or asylee, there are limitations to the amount of VISA cards you can own, and there are also strict eligibility prerequisites (Why Don 't They Just Get In Line?). All being done though, with the goal of continuing to keep good relations with Mexico. When asked about how he believes the US, Honduras and El Salvador should approach illegal immigration, David Inserra, a homeland security expert,

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