The United States of America is a country of immigrants. Immigration is a beautiful thing to our country. The often misunderstood aspect of this debate is equating “illegal immigration” with LEGAL immigration. They are completely different The reason people dislike illegal immigration is because it makes a mockery of all those who come here legally, they don’t respect our country, they don’t pay their fair share of taxes (and waste state money in other ways), and the LEAST of the worries is the taking of jobs.
Many people wait years to immigrate to the US. It is extremely ridiculous to disrespect these people by just saying, “We’ll give free citizenship to these people just because they come in by the millions!” Democrats try to present enforcing our current laws as racist when it is simply because they want to change voting demographics.
“We should insist that if the immigrant who comes here does in good faith become an American and assimilates himself to us he shall be treated on an exact equality with every one else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed or birth-place or origin.
But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American. If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn’t doing his part as an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. . . We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding-house; and we have room for but one soul loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people.” -Teddy Roosevelt
People who desire to come here legally and become an American should be able to. That being said, if they do not have allegiance to America, and only America, then they don’t deserve the right. The country is not here so people can just use it as apartment while their allegiance is still with another country. This is made obvious by illegal immigrants ignoring our laws and not paying taxes. If that isn’t enough, here is a link to all of the Mexican flags being flown on American soil (there is a difference from respecting your heritage and disrespecting your country, like burning American flags and throwing Mexican flags in a Presidential candidate’s face).
Illegal immigrants do not pay their fair share of taxes. There are currently 11.3 million illegal immigrants in the US. They constitute 3.5% of the population. That means that, according to the table below, there are 6.8 million illegal immigrants on welfare. They also get free medical care at the expense of the American tax payer with the passing of Obamacare. Illegal immigrants run down our roads, schools, and other infrastructures while not paying their share of taxes. This is my main issue with illegal immigrants. It is estimated that illegal immigrants cost the US $113 BILLION a year.
This is completely ignoring the fact that illegal immigrants cost our prison system money. Recalling that they only make up 3.5% of the population, they committed 7% of federal prison sentences following convictions on charges of sexual abuse, 9% of murders, 12% of assaults, and 30% of kidnappings in 2013. Can you hear Trump’s gloating of “I told you so, I’m the best, I tell ya, I’m the best, always right!”? Build a wall! Build a wall! In all seriousness, the wall will undoubtedly help a number of areas. It will limit the sexual abuse committed by “coyotes” who run people over the border… It will limit the amount of drug running that funds the crime enterprises that are the cartels (I’ve never done weed but it should be legal… It would help the prison system, cartel/gang crime, and has only positive effects)… It will moderately clean up the inner city crime in the US that results from the drug trade by choking supply lines… It will stop costing the tax payers money by funding illegal immigrants. I’m not sure how much the wall will cost, but I doubt it will be $118 billion, and Trump probably plans to threaten Mexico in trade if they don’t pay for it. Mexico apparently thinks wall building is a good idea, considering it is building one against Guatemala for the EXACT SAME REASON as Trump (though this may be a fake story).
In 2010, Pew estimated that illegal immigrants have taken 8.5 million jobs. The jobs are primarily construction, but I’d assume plenty of the 37.2% of people out of work (participation rate) would be willing to take those jobs. These jobs will still be there if they come here LEGALLY. Is it really that bad? The US had lost 682,900 jobs by 2010 after NAFTA was enacted, most of which were to Mexico (Trump cackling in background about how bad NAFTA is). They could always stay in Mexico and work jobs legally.
Let us remember that terrorists can enter through the border as well. This should be terrifying with the things that cartels somehow smuggle into the country. I know some of you are wondering about Canada, but this is not an issue! Canada has far more vigilant policies to prevent people from arriving illegally in the country (as opposed to some dirt runway in the desert of Mexico). America does not need to worry about an influx of citizens from a stable country like Canada (although there are some Visa overstays which are irrelevant).
After all of this, you probably think I am against amnesty. Not so fast! I am fine with granting non-violent illegal immigrants citizenship (violent ones get most of their possessions repossessed and are deported, 3 months living wage sent home with them), but they must pay huge amounts of back taxes (must prove how long they have been in the country). I doubt that many will be able to pay this and most won’t desire to pay a dime, as most of them view the US as a piggy bank. What I would do is to give them an option. If you want to get citizenship, pay 100% of the back taxes. If you want to go to be deported, pay 35%. If you want to go to prison for a year, pay 10% (and work for the government in prison). If you want to go to prison for 3 years, pay nothing. You would carry this policy out by requiring E-verify for all jobs in the United States, which would require you to present a birth certificate or citizenship certificate to be able to work. If you are against this then you should let American citizens dodge their fair share of taxes for a decade or so to make it fair for all of the parties involved.
Illegal immigrants are people who just try to make a living, most are good people. I don’t believe this should give them a license to steal from our country and put good people who are Americans out of their pocket $118 billion a year. Maybe you understand the real reasons people get angry about this subject now.