May 1, 2008
Professor Jim Wilcox
Illegal immigration In the United States
An analysis of the illegal immigration in the United States reveals both negative and positive effects which can be corrected in such a way as to provide solutions for both the immigrant and the country. Every person leaving their native country and coming to America has a story. Sometimes they come looking for a better place to work, running away from extreme poverty in their native country. Others come because they have family already living in the States or they are looking for someone who came a few years ago and never went back. However coming to America looking for the “American Dream” has its price; some of these immigrants will even risk their life in order to achieve a better living and have other opportunities. “During the years of 1980 and 2000 about 100 million immigrants have been in the States between these times. About 35 million remain and have made this country their home. Twelve million of these are illegal immigrants, living under the fear of being deported at any given moment. This number keeps increasing by 500,000 immigrants per year” (Broder, Borjas 1, 2). But what is it that makes America the perfect target for immigrants to come? What effects does having twelve million illegal immigrants working in the country have in the American society and economy? What has the government done in order to keep track and control of these twelve million and what else can be done to control the constant flow of illegal immigrants into the country; especially the southern border with Mexico?
Poverty in the world has reached limits never seen before; “there are sixty countries in today’s world that are poorer than they were thirty years ago. A fifth of the world’s population (1.2 Billion) lives on less than one US dollar a day and almost half of the world’s population or (2.8 billion) live on less than 2 US dollars a day, every second a child dies of...