Illegal immigration is a hot button topic in the United States lately. Illegal immigrants are people who have entered into the U.S., without the proper documentation, to live. Many people believe that this is burdening the country’s social services and having a negative impact. Others, however, think that allowing them to live here will be beneficial. Let’s explore the effects, both good and bad, that granting illegal immigrants in the United States may have.
Pros of Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants
1. The Amount of Taxes Collected Would Increase
Illegal immigrant workers cannot legally work and make any money in the United States. This has caused them to take low paying jobs that pay “under the table”, which means no taxes are taken out. If they could legally work here, the country would see an increase in tax revenue.
2. No Person Should Be Considered Illegal
Many supporters of illegal immigration amnesty feel that no living human being should be considered “illegal” or against the law. It is dehumanizing, and we as a country shouldn’t allow it. Granting amnesty shows the compassion and caring nature that the United States has for people all over the world.
3. Bringing Them Into The Communities Will Encourage Them To Contribute
Illegal immigrants are living on the outsides of society. They live in constant fear of being deported, and because of this, isolate themselves from the rest of society. Allowing them a way to be here legally will encourage them to become more active in their communities.
4. It Gives People Chances To Excel That They Would Otherwise Not Have
Coming to a country illegally is certainly not the idea situation for anyone, but sometimes there aren’t many other options. This is often the case for illegal immigrants that have come to the United States. They come from countries that are dangerous and plagued with poverty, they come for a better life for them and their families. Amnesty allows them to pursue this better life fully and without fear.
5. The First Step To A Stronger Nation
Illegal immigrants feel like outsiders, like they don’t belong. This is likely because by law, they don’t! If we change this, they will emerge as leaders in this country, and could possible begin to repair damages made to build a stronger America.
Cons of Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants
1. Rewarding Illegal Activities Promotes More To Occur
No matter how you look at it, coming and living in a country undocumented is illegal. Opponents of amnesty for these people believe that rewarding illegal behavior will only promote more of it to happen, possibly resulting in a huge flow of immigrants from all over the world.
2. Social Programs Cannot Take The Burden It Would Bring
There are millions of illegal immigrants currently living in the United States, and many of them are on social programs, such as food stamps, because of their inability to obtain normal paying jobs. If amnesty where to occur, the amount of people needed these programs would increase dramatically with the population. The system is already widely overburdened, and this type of strain could be catastrophic.
3. It Is Highly Unfair To People Who Gained Citizenship Legally
It is entirely possible to immigrate to the United States and become a legal citizen. The process, however, is long and difficult, but plenty of people have successfully went through it. Granting amnesty to everyone is a slap in the face to the people who put in the work and time to earn their citizenship legally.
4. The Money They Earn Is Not Guaranteed To Stay
Just because immigrants are able to work and make money in the United States legally doesn’t ensure that the money will actually stay here and benefit the economy. Many people who have immigrated here still have family in their home country that they need to support. This means that much of the money earned by immigrants will go to these countries.