Ilegal Imagration Essay

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Ilegal Imagration

The Immigration Problem

The world has gone through a revolution and it has changed a lot. We have cut the death
rates around the world with modern medicine and new farming methods. For example, we
sprayed to destroy mosquitoes in Sri Lanka in the 1950s. In one year, the average life of
everyone in Sri Lanka was extended by eight years because the number of people dying from
malaria suddenly declined (Szumski 6).

This was a great human achievement; we cut the death rate without cutting the birth rate.
Now population is soaring. There were about one billion people living in the world when
the Statue of Liberty was built. There are 4.5 billion today. World population is
growing at an enormous rate. The world is going to add a billion people in the next
eleven years, that's 224,000 every day! Experts say there will be at least 1.65 billion
more people living in the world in the next twenty years (McClellan 23).

We must understand what these numbers mean for the U.S. Let's look at the question of
jobs. The International Labor organization projects a twenty-year increase of 600 to 700
million people who will be seeking jobs. Eighty-eight percent of the world's population
growth takes place in the Third World. More than a billion people today are paid about
150 dollars a year, which is less than the average American earns in a week. Growing
numbers of these poorly paid Third World citizens want to come to the United States
(McClellan 24).

In the 1970s, all other countries that accept immigrants started controlling the number of
people they would allow into their countries (Anderson 46). The United States did not.
This means that the huge numbers of immigrants who are turned down elsewhere will turn to
the United States. The number of immigrants is staggering. The human suffering they
represent is a nightmare. Latin America's population is now 390 million people. It will
be 800 million in the year 2025 (Siegel 89). Mexico's population has tripled since the
Second World War. One third of the population of Mexico is under ten years of age, as a
result, in just ten years, Mexico's unemployment rate will increase 30 percent, as these
children become young adults, they will search of work, where? There were in 1990 an
estimated four million illegal aliens in the United States, and about 55 percent of them
were from Mexico (Siegel 91).

Human population has always moved, like waves, to fresh lands, but for the first time in
human history, there are no fresh lands, no new continents. We will have to think and
decide with great care what our policy should be toward immigration. At this point in
history, American immigration policies are in a mess. Our borders are totally out of
control. Our border patrol arrests 3000 illegal immigrants per day, or 1.2 million per
year, and two illegal immigrants get in for every one caught (Siegel 97), those caught
just try again!

Until a few years ago, immigrants seeking asylum were rare. In 1975, a total of 200
applications were received in the U.S. Suddenly, asylum is the plea of choice in the U.S.,
and around the world, often as a cover for economic migration. U.S. applications were up
to 103,000 last years, and the backlog tops 300,000 cases (McClellan 47). Under the
present asylum rules, practically anyone who declares that he or she is fleeing political
oppression has a good chance to enter the U.S. Chinese are almost always admitted, for
example, if they claim that China's birth-control policies have limited the number of
children they can have (McClellan 43).

Right now, once aliens enter the U.S., it is almost impossible to deport them, even if
they have no valid documents. Thousands of those who enter illegally request asylum, only
if they are caught. The review process can take 10 years or more, and applicants often
simply disappear while it is under way (McCellan 36). Asylum cases are piling up faster
than they can be cleared, with the Immigration and Naturalization Service falling farther
behind every year. At her confirmation hearings at the end of September, Doris Meissner,
Clinton's nominee as commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Services,
conceded, 'The asylum system is broken, and we need to fix it'

(McCellan 59)!
Adding the numbers of legal and illegal immigrants: 50 percent of all U.S. population
growth comes from immigration. While Americans try to have smaller families, immigration
threatens our nation. If immigration rates continue to be this high, more than seventy
million people will be added to the United States population in just fifty years, with no
end in sight. We are taking in more people than all of the rest of the world combined
(Handli 23). As have all the other countries of the world, America needs to control its
borders. As every house needs a door, so every country needs a border, and yet, our
borders are full of holes. Have we clearly lost control over our future? I think we
need new policies on how and when we let in immigrants and take a look at the policies we
have in place, are they out dated for the times.

The United States is no longer an empty continent. In 1886, when the Statue of
Liberty was built; there were 58 million people in the United States. In 1984 there were
240 million people (Lacey 69). That's four times the total population in less then a
century. The U.S. cannot and should not be the home of last resort for all the world s
poor, huddled masses. We are not doing a good job with our own poor, as we see more
people without jobs.

Supporters of immigration use many arguments to support their side. Let's look at a few
of these arguments: Illegal immigrants take jobs no Americans want. The fact is that the
average illegal immigrant arrested in Denver, Colorado, made more than seven dollars an
hour. Many were making over 100 dollars per day. Denver identified 43 illegal aliens
making 100 dollars per day as roofers, while 438 people were registered in their
employment services who would have loved those jobs. The average illegal immigrant
arrested in Chicago makes $5.65 an hour. More than thirty million American workers make
less than that (Bender 21).

A common belief is that aliens fulfill many of the least desirable jobs. However, most
experts agree that in today's economy, there is no shortage of Americans competing for
many of these same jobs. Actually, many Americans already work in these low-paying jobs.
For example: the poor black woman, who works as a seamstress, Her boss asked her to train
a new employee, an illegal immigrant. As soon as she finished training her new charge,
she was fired. Her position, of course, went to the illegal immigrant, who was willing to
work for less pay, and under deplorable working conditions ( Lacey 45). This is one
example of how illegal workers depress wages, and slow, stall or prevent unionization or
improvements to working conditions.

Another myth cited by supporters of immigration is that illegal immigrants work hard, pay
taxes, and do not go on welfare. The sad truth is that these folks seem to learn the
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