America is celebrated for being a thaw pot, a state with people of different nationalities. We can hold so many nationalities because this state welcomes immigrants. The Chinese name America “ the gold mountain ” because the Chinese consider America a topographic point of chances. As a second-generation immigrant, I have no right to knock anyone who wants to come here to hold a better hereafter. It is besides pathetic for me to propose that the state that welcomes my parents should halt leting immigrants to come here. However, the United States truly has a job with in-migration. The job is non with legal in-migration ; it is illegal in-migration that causes the jobs. Illegal in-migration is non just to those immigrants who come to the United States lawfully, and it harms our economic system. It should be our duty, as a state, to maintain the job of illegal in-migration under control.
Jenny was born and raised in Hong Kong. She went to the University of Hawaii to go to college on a pupil visa in 1979. Willie, her fellow, had already left for Hawaii to go to high school in 1978. After Jenny graduated, she continued to go to graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in societal work. Both Jenny and Willie wanted to go on populating in the United States when they graduated. They could take to go illegal foreigners by outstaying or travel through the legal procedure to use to be immigrants through their professional accomplishments. They knew that the in-migration procedure was a long delay, but they besides realized that they would non hold a hereafter if they overstayed as illegal foreigners. Both of them hence tried to look for occupations that would patronize them. Jenny got a occupation offer in Portland, Oregon while Willie ‘s extension was denied. He had to return to Hong Kong. Although it was difficult for them to divide, this was the lone legal mercantile establishment that they had. Jenny did non like her occupation, and she had no friends in Portland. Her wage was merely $ 1000 per month, but she had to pay $ 4000 for the attorney to treat her in-migration request. Her colleague was an illegal foreigner who overstayed after his pupil visa expired. His wage was even lower ; he was paid merely $ 800
per month. The filing of the in-migration procedure was completed a twelvemonth subsequently. Jenny needed to wait another six old ages before her quota came. She decided to discontinue her occupation and return to Hong Kong, put on the lining that her employer might non finish the in-migration procedure six old ages subsequently. Her colleague had no pick but continued to remain in the state as an illegal foreigner. Jenny and Willie got married in Hong Kong, but they were afraid to get down a household, non cognizing where they would settle down few old ages subsequently. Fortunately, the United States increased the in-migration quota for Hong Kong occupants, and the twosome merely waited for four old ages. In 1990, they immigrated lawfully to the United States. Fortunately, Jenny ‘s employer had budget job at that clip and could non engage her full clip. The twosome settled merrily in California. This concludes my parents ‘ in-migration experience. If they are willing to travel through the legal procedure since the United States offer them a manner to go legal immigrants, it is truly non just that illegal immigrants maintain coming into this state everyday.
Obtaining an in-migration visa is non an easy procedure. United States in-migration jurisprudence allows certain group of people to immigrate. They include the immediate household members of U.S. citizens or lasting occupants, those who have professional accomplishments or needed occupation accomplishments that are sponsored by their employers, and those who qualify as political refugees. Since the quotas are really limited, the waiting period for the immigrant visas frequently takes old ages. Jenny petitioned for her sister 12 old ages ago, and her sister ‘s household eventually immigrated last twelvemonth. As a consequence, many people choose the illegal path.
Illegal immigrants include those who enter the U.S. illicitly and those who were admitted lawfully but overstay. Harmonizing to the Census 2000, there were 8.4 million illegal immigrants populating in the United States. By March 2004, Pew Hispanic Center estimated that the population increased to 10.3 million. Mexicans make up 57 per centum of the entire illegal immigrant population. The remainder of the illegal populations are from other Latin American states, Asia, Europe,
Canada, and remainder of the universe ( Figure 1 ) . Two-third of the illegal immigrants live in the undermentioned eight provinces: California, Texas, Florida, New York, Arizona, Illinois, New Jersey, and North Carolina ( Figure 2 ) . Of the 10.3 million, 45 per centum are work forces between aged 18 and 39 while 30 % are adult females. Children represent 15 per centum while merely 10 per centum are over 40 old ages old ( Figure 3 ) . In add-on, it is estimated that there are over 3 million U.S. born kids of undocumented parents ( Passel 1-4 ) .
Taxpayers of the United States pay one million millions of dollars each twelvemonth in supplying instruction to illegal immigrants. In 1982, the Supreme Court ruled that states “ may non except kids from public instruction because of their in-migration position ” ( Merrell 7 ) . Datas from 2006 estimated that there were 2 million school age kids in the state who were illegal immigrants while 3 million kids were U.S. citizens born to illegal immigrants. They represented about 4 per centum of the entire school age population ( Merrell 7-8 ) . These pupils may necessitate more aid in school and be offered more educational services because of their hapless English accomplishments. Schoolteachers may hold to pass more clip in learning these kids reading and composing accomplishments by supplying them excess tutoring services. Since many of these kids come from households of lower income, they besides qualify to have free school tiffin. It is estimated that it costs 20 to 40 per centum higher to educate immigrant kids ( Merrell 2 ) . During the school twelvemonth of 2003-2004, Minnesota spent near to 200 million in supplying instruction to about 12,000 undocumented kids and U.S. born kids of illegal parents. New Mexico spent $ 67 million to 9200 illegal immigrant kids ( Merrell 8 ) . California got hit the hardest when it comes to illegal immigrants. About 15 per centum of the school kids are illegal immigrants and U.S. born kids of illegal foreigners. FAIR ( Federation For American Immigration Reform ) estimated that it cost California 7.7 billion per twelvemonth on supplying public instruction to this group of kids ( Martin & A ; Mehlman 7-8 ) . In November 2010, California Supreme Court ruled that illegal
immigrants could go on to pay in-state tuition at California colleges ( Corsi ) . When all California colleges are now confronting budget cuts and higher tuition, it is truly unjust that some of the taxpayers ‘ money is put into the illegal immigrants.
Health attention cost for illegal immigrants is another strain on our economic system. Illegal immigrants are less likely to hold wellness insurance, and they may convey in diseases to the United States. All legal immigrants are required to hold physical tests before their in-migration. Since illegal immigrants come into the United States illicitly and hold non had their physical tests, they may convey along diseases that can be spread to others. Everyone still clearly retrieve the H1N1 swine grippe that haunted the United States in 2009. That was a great illustration of contagious disease being spread from Mexico. Federal authorities requires province and local authorities to supply exigency medical attention and good pamper pregnancy attention to all occupants ; no affair they are legal or illegal ( Merrell 8 ) . The Federation For American Immigration Reform ( FAIR ) estimated that 1.4 billion was spent on supplying medical attention to illegal immigrants in California in 2004 ( Martin & A ; Mehlman 1 ) . Supplying wellness attention to illegal immigrants increased the California budget shortage.
Illegal immigrants besides cost taxpayers money for jurisprudence enforcement. Illegal immigrants do non follow the jurisprudence in the first topographic point by come ining the state illicitly. Why would one anticipate them to be observant citizens? Some illegal immigrants continue to perpetrate offenses. Harmonizing to the Los Angeles constabulary record, “ 95 per centum of all outstanding warrants for homicide ( which totaled 12s hundred to fifteen hundred ) targeted illegal foreigners. Up to two-thirds of all fleeting felony warrants ( 17 1000 ) were for illegal foreigners ” ( Mac Donald 77 ) . The constabulary section is non allowed to implementing in-migration Torahs. Illegal immigrants with condemnable discourtesies are non deported instantly, and there are policies that ban the constabulary to describe their in-migration misdemeanors to federal governments ( Mac Donald 75-76 ) . State and local
authoritiess take on the cost of “ investigation, confining, prosecuting and imprisoning ” illegal immigrants ( Merrell 9 ) . Keeping these felons in gaol once more cost the taxpayers. In 2004, FAIR estimated that it cost California 1.4 billion to incarcerate illegal immigrants ( Martin & A ; Mehlman 1 ) .
Displacement is another manner that illegal immigrants harm the U.S. economic system. Displacement is “ when constituted workers, whether indigens or immigrants, lose their occupations to new immigrants, frequently illegal fledglings, who will work for deficient rewards ” ( Federation for American Immigration Reform 32 ) . In the 1980s, tomato husbandmans in San Diego County laid off their native workers who were paid $ 4 per hr and replaced them with illegal foreigners who were paid $ 3.35 per hr. Besides the tomato industry, supplanting besides happened in the furniture industry, the meat packing industry, and the hotel industry ( Federation for American Immigration Reform 32-33 ) . In the past two old ages, thirty five 1000s illegal immigrants have gotten occupations in the United States while unemployment rate for the indigens is at 10 per centum. For those Americans without a high school sheepskin, the unemployment rate is even higher, about 27 per centum to 29 per centum ( Corsi ) . I went to a celebrated Chinese dumpling eating house in Arcadia for tiffin last twelvemonth. They have a window demoing workers wrapping the dumplings. I was surprised to see that the whole crew was Mexicans. It is no longer unusual visual perception Mexicans working in Chinese eating houses. Many new legal immigrants and native Borns unskilled workers are willing to work difficult alternatively of acquiring on public assistance. It is non just that the illegal foreigners take their occupation chances off.
If illegal immigrants come to America for occupations, the best manner to deter them from coming is to curtail occupation chances for them. Harmonizing to estimations by the Department of Homeland Security and the Pew Hispanic Center, the population of illegal immigrants has dropped from 12 million in 2007 to 11 million in 2009 ( Johnson 1 ) . This lessening seems to be related to our hapless economic system. The United States has been enduring from a recession since 2007. Many people are
unemployed, and many little concerns have closed down. It is non easy for people to happen occupations, whether they are indigens, legal immigrants, or illegal immigrants. If the enticement of occupations no longer exists, many people will non take to remain in America illicitly. They may be better off if they stay in their place states. Since we will non remain in a recession everlastingly, the authorities has to do strong attempts in penalizing those who hire the illegals when our economic system gets better. I frequently notice many twenty-four hours labourers standing on the streets few stat mis from my hometown. I get a feeling that many of them are non legal immigrants. What will go on if they ne’er get a occupation? It is really U.S. citizens ‘ duty non to engage them for a twenty-four hours or two as inexpensive labours. The authorities can besides do Torahs that harshly punish those who drive by and offer them occupations. Without occupations, many will take non to take the hazard to come here illicitly.
Illegal immigrants should non be allowed to have public societal services, including instruction and public wellness attention. We have already discussed the immense sum of money that illegal immigrants cost California. FAIR late estimates that the cost has increased to $ 21.8 billion a twelvemonth. California is in a budget crisis now, and we have a $ 25 billion budget shortage in 2011 ( Corsi ) . How can California go on to back up these illegal immigrants while cutting societal services for its ain legal occupants? It is truly unjust for the authorities to cut educational disbursals, lay off instructors, and increase schoolroom size while portion of the money is used on the illegal immigrants. In 1994, California ‘s Proposition 187 was a ballot enterprise that disallowed illegal immigrants to have public societal services, including instruction and public wellness attention.
Although electors passed it, a federal tribunal in Los Angeles and a province tribunal in San Francisco stopped the enforcement of this proposition ( Scott 111 ) . If undocumented kids are non allowed to go to schools, how many of them will go on to remain in the state? Many will halt coming if they no longer have free instruction and free wellness attention.
The authorities needs to reexamine its jurisprudence for those U.S. born kids of illegal immigrants.
This group of kids is now granted citizenship since they are born in the United States. They may hold the right to remain here, but their parents decidedly have no right to remain here. How many parents will go forth their kids behind in America if they themselves have to return to their ain states? These kids can lawfully use their parents to immigrate when they reach 18. If bulk of the legal immigrants have waited five, 10, or even 15 old ages to immigrate, these U.S. Born kids and their households should set in their portions excessively. Since the United States already has in-migration jurisprudence, it should implement its jurisprudence so that people will non mistreat the jurisprudence.
I am proud of my parents who tried to get the better of the obstructions to immigrate to this state through legal channels. There are many others who are willing to travel by the jurisprudence so that they will hold a better hereafter for themselves and their kids. The United States is a state that welcomes immigrants, but it is besides a state of Torahs. It is hence non just that illegal immigrants maintain coming to this state everyday. Furthermore, it is unjust that they cost our state, particularly when we are sing a recession. The job of illegal in-migration demands to be stopped.