The Damaging Effects of Illegal Immigration
Illegal immigration has been a problem for the United States for a long time. This phenomenon is not new and thousands of illegal immigrants have come into United States through the Mexican border or the Pacific Ocean. Some people have entered the country legally through a visit visa, but then have stayed illegally and are working in various places. If we, as a country do not decrease the amount of immigrants in this country it will cause irreversible damage over time. By making stricter immigration laws and enforcing more dire consequences for illegal immigrants we can solve this dangerous problem in America.
Every day thousands of illegal immigrants stream across the 2,500 miles of border between the United States and Mexico. According to the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service, or INS, the total number of illegals in America from this source increases by 275,000 annually. Already the United States is home to an illegal population of 7 to 12 million, of whom the vast majority are Mexican or Hispanic in origin. These illegal uninvited guests help themselves to jobs, education, welfare and unemployment compensation, taking them from true Americans that should be enjoying these benefits (Hayes 2000).
There are more than 10 million undocumented workers (excluding their families) in the United States (White). Most of these illegal workers are concentrated in California and Texas, although their presence can be felt all over the country. Many of these illegal immigrants are hired by United States employers as undocumented workers and this is done because they can be hired at a pay less than minimum wage and they can save money. Most of these workers are hired to work in the agricultural, manufacturing, and construction industries, or in backroom jobs. These workers are not given any kind of health care or any other benefits also allowing the employers to save money (White). The illegal immigrants...