Policy Analysis on Illegal Immigration

Essay by redhenny15 April 2009

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Illegal immigration has been a longstanding issue in the United States, creating immense controversy but everyone agrees that change is necessary and inevitable. Unfortunately, at the heart of the issue is the fact that the U.S. economy is dependent on hiring illegal migrant workers. Nevertheless, as the migrant labor force in the U.S. increases, the benefits to all parties affected may not outweigh the problems it poses to society in general. Undoubtedly, hosting illegal immigrants imposes costs on the legal residents of United States particularly in jobs, crime, and taxes. To many, the purpose of life is to make it as enjoyable as possible. This is the principle of immigration. For America, with its extremely high standard of living, immigration is quickly becoming a problem. Illegal immigration to America is causing internal conflict in many areas, but one of the hardest hit is the economy. The success of the United States is the sole reason for the mass immigration that it receives every year.

The average immigrants are in search of a better lifestyle, one where they can work to support their families and earn enough to feed their children. Immigrants hear of "The American Dream" and that America is the land of the free. Consequently, they decide to come to this great country they hear about. Since opening United States borders to anybody and everybody would cost us our national identity, we as a country must limit the number of immigrants accepted each year. This leads to illegal immigration, because those who are not allowed or who do not want to go through the procedure of entering legally decide to come into the United States anyway. This uninhibited movement causes great tension and stress to our national foundation. The United States economy, up until recently, was the powerhouse...