Illegal immigration

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In the last few months, the topic of immigration has been a big issue with lawmakers and the people in the US Congress. Many who immigrate to the United States of America are just trying to better their lives.  They are fleeing oppression, dealing with chronic unemployment, poverty and little or no opportunities in their homelands.  By coming to America they are hoping to find a better way of life. However, in the process, they face some tough issues regarding immigration and the legal process, some choose the legal approach and others do not.  For illegal immigrants it is often harder and usually more dangerous for them to cross our borders but most often quicker then going through the legal process of becoming a US Citizen.

To many people, illegal immigration is not only a burden on our country but a threat to our safety.  Illegal immigration cost tax payers billions of dollars which are most often forwarded to Mexico, and they can potentially cause negative effects on the working middle-class citizens.  For Americans, safety and the law are two major priorities. Many times it is very difficult to prosecute aliens when they flee the country. Mortgage loan fraud and fake document mills are prevalent among the illegal population.  Another concern among many Americans is the fact that for immigrants traveling across the desert to reach the borders, the risk of death is very high and the ones who make it encourage others to do the same. Illegal immigration has, in most cases, an enormous negative impact on our economy.

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On the other side of the debate, illegal immigration has helped our economy profoundly.  Not only does it keep the economy moving by filling low-wage jobs, it creates a pool of consumers for a variety of goods and services.  Farmers are able to plant and harvest less expensively. In addition, illegal immigrants who own property pay real estate taxes, they also pay sales taxes, open bank accounts that yield interest which keep the economy going, and those who purchase auto insurance contribute to insurer’s profit margins.  Finally, in many cases America provides a better lifestyle for those who enter ...

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