Argumentative Essay On Children Of Illegal Immigrants

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Did you know there are about 320 million people in the United States according to the U.S. Census Bureau, but 11 million people in the U.S. are illegal immigrants? Many people accuse illegal immigrants of harming America’s economy, which may not be the exact issue. Many families cross the Mexico-United States border into the United States searching for a better life and the number of the undocumented alien population continues to grow. Although illegal immigrants may hinder American citizens, illegal immigrants do not harm America’s economy, therefore the illegal immigrant children should continue to be given birthright citizenship and be able to be educated despite the costs. To begin with, the children of illegal immigrants should continue …show more content…
In 1982, the Supreme Court ruled that public schools are open to young illegal immigrants and cannot be denied because of their status. Admitting them to school required getting more books, teachers, and places to teach them at. ”HISD had to ramp up bilingual instruction……and develop programs to help the immigrants catch up academically” (Illegal Immigrants and Their Children 2). Without the high school education they need, they may end up in jail or on welfare which could lead to less productive workers that could put a damper on the U.S. economy (Illegal Immigrants and Their Children 2). However, in 1977, a group of undocumented student filed a lawsuit to get the same free public education U.S. born children were getting, which the court rulers thought would ruin the public schools, but in the end the students won the case that admitted them into public schools for free. A Texas State Board of Education member, David Bradley, exclaimed that money shouldn’t be spent educating illegal immigrants and that the money is owned by the citizens of Texas and should be spent on the students, but Edwin S. Rubenstein felt as if the undocumented students were more driven to learn than American teens are (Illegal Immigrants and Their Children …show more content…
wages and new demands on school, hospitals, and other public services” (Grow et. al. 2). Many illegal immigrants work in the United States illegally to provide for their families coming from Mexico with little money to live with. Many illegal immigrants lack important documents citizens need such as a social security number. Illegal immigrants have to sign up for identification cards, matricula consular, which some banks, credit card companies, and car loaners allow use for undocumented immigrants. The matricula consular is used so that the person can get state, local and federal benefits. They have to pay taxes like any other citizen through the Internal Revenue Service for individual tax identification numbers (ITINS). Basically, 11 million people are too many people for businesses to ignore so big U.S. consumers have allowed them to buy from them because it isn’t illegal to sell to them. “Wells Fargo has half a million matricula accounts, a majority of them, they acknowledge, opened by unauthorized aliens who lack regular residency or citizenship papers”(Grow et. al.

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