Illegal Immigration from Mexico: Problems raised by illegal immigration as well as solutions, both proposed and enacted.

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Illegal immigration is having a negative effect on local economies, health care services, public schools, and public safety all across the United States. One of the most controversial and debated political issues of today is that of illegal immigration from Mexico. Immigration is generally welcomed in the United States; however illegal immigration is a different situation. Illegal immigration from Mexico harms the legal, taxpaying citizens of America, so the government and it's agencies must increase national security.

Immigration and illegal immigration are two very different issues. Illegal immigration bypasses the nations policies and controls; whereas, legal immigration is welcomed by the government:

"Hispanic and immigrants' rights activists respond that the vast majority of immigrants who cross the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border illegal (an estimated 50 percent of whom are Mexican nationals) do so to escape poverty or repression in their native countries. These advocates argue that illegal immigrants believe America offers the best opportunities for them to better their lives.


This is one reason immigration is a troubling issue. Most immigrants claim to be leaving their home country for the United States because they have a better place for them to live and for their families to work.

Illegal immigration has been a problem for many years. Christopher Walton, Chief Executive of Kruse & Associates Immigration services, explains that illegal immigration into the United States has been a problem ever since agencies were set up to control immigration. (Walton) It is tough to control immigration because it is virtually impossible to protect all thousands of miles of boarder the United States has.

There are millions of illegal immigrants living in the United States. The INS has projected numbers from five million to as high as eleven million. This is a very substantial number of individuals which causes it to be...