For The Citizen


What are the negative effects of illegal immigration? How and where are these impacts felt by the average citizen? 

The Economy

Labor economists have concluded that undocumented workers have lowered the wages of U.S. adults without a high-school diploma — 25 million of them — by anywhere between 0.4 to 7.4 percent.(1)

The Education System 

Higher education is not even a consideration for many young Latinos yet MALDF (Mexican American Legal Defense Fund)  and others choose to take policy positions of increasing immigration, packing more kids into the already overloaded school systems by encouraging more immigration from Mexico and other third world countries. They do a disservice to this country by overloading the system to the point where the quality of education suffers and schools become warehouses. Overcrowded schools lead to more failure and the cycle continues. Instead of holding Mexico accountable for its immigration policies, our politicians pander and collaborate with a country that uses the U.S. to abdicate their responsibility to their citizens. At the same time, they enhance their economy with the money immigrants send to Mexico (which is considerable, anywhere between fifteen to thirty billion dollars per year.) That's in addition to the untold billions of dollars of drug trafficking money Mexico benefits from. At the same time, Mexico unloads their poor on the U.S., relieving themselves of the burden of educating, providing health care, and other responsibilities they owe their citizens. Is it any wonder that Mexico has positioned it self in a win, win situation.(2)

The Illegal Drug Industry

Tons of drugs travel across the border illegally every year. Many of the immigrants smuggle these drugs across. Danna Harman, in an article for the Christian Monitor (2005), uses statistics that state:

According to the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, as much as 90 percent of the cocaine sold in the US in 2004 was smuggled through Mexican territory. Mexico is also the Number 2 supplier of heroin, the largest foreign source of marijuana and the largest producers of methamphetamine. (¶ 8)
Mexico has taken over Columbia as the top producer of drugs. Thousands of people come across the border everyday. Many that have been caught in crossing have been found with drugs that were meant to sell in the US. "An estimated 400 tons of cocaine, 150 tons of methamphetamines and 15 tons of heroin entered the US across the border last year alone." (Barry, 200, ¶ 9) Clearly, these drugs play a crucial role in affecting the American public. The Mexican government even has been known to support the traffic of drugs into the U.S. "It's been reported that the Mexican military has crossed into the United States more than 200 times since 1996. They are known to support, protect and assist Mexican drug cartels in their illicit activities." (Kennedy, 2006, ¶ 11) If the Mexican Government supports drug trafficking, what's to stop them from supporting illegal immigration to get these drugs across the border? Drug use in America is a huge problem. By allowing drug smugglers into our country, the American societies also suffer because of drug use.(3)
What are the negative effects of illegal immigration?

1. Many illegal immigrants fit into a less-educated, lower-income demographic.
The fiscal impact of illegal immigration is generally based on the taxes they pay minus the costs they create. A net increase in the economy can occur when immigrants are more-educated and have a higher income level. Many illegal immigrants do not fit into that category, which means they create a net fiscal drain for many communities.

2. Illegal immigration creates an ongoing security threat.
Illegal immigration provides the means and opportunity for terrorism to exist. It presents opportunities for crime. A vast majority of illegal immigrants may follow all the laws, but not all of the do. Yet criminal aliens make up 27% of the total population of federal prisoners, despite the fact that they are an estimated 9% of the total adult population in the United States. In 2003, more than 55,000 illegal immigrants had been arrested nearly 460,000 times, while committing nearly 700,000 criminal offenses.

3. It changes employment dynamics.
A free market economy relies on supply and demand for pricing and wages. If there is a lack of skilled labor available to a market, then wages go up. If there is a lot of the same product, then the price for that product goes down. When illegal immigration is present, the job market is suddenly given more workers than it would normally have if those who crossed illegally were not present. More workers correlate to depressed wages, which ultimately means the value of work is priced lower.

1. Many illegal immigrants fit into a less-educated, lower-income demographic.
The fiscal impact of illegal immigration is generally based on the taxes they pay minus the costs they create. A net increase in the economy can occur when immigrants are more-educated and have a higher income level. Many illegal immigrants do not fit into that category, which means they create a net fiscal drain for many communities.

2. Illegal immigration creates an ongoing security threat.
Illegal immigration provides the means and opportunity for terrorism to exist. It presents opportunities for crime. A vast majority of illegal immigrants may follow all the laws, but not all of the do. Yet criminal aliens make up 27% of the total population of federal prisoners, despite the fact that they are an estimated 9% of the total adult population in the United States. In 2003, more than 55,000 illegal immigrants had been arrested nearly 460,000 times, while committing nearly 700,000 criminal offenses.

3. It changes employment dynamics.
A free market economy relies on supply and demand for pricing and wages. If there is a lack of skilled labor available to a market, then wages go up. If there is a lot of the same product, then the price for that product goes down. When illegal immigration is present, the job market is suddenly given more workers than it would normally have if those who crossed illegally were not present. More workers correlate to depressed wages, which ultimately means the value of work is priced lower.




What are the positive effects of illegal immigration?    

1. It provides local economies with a boost.
Illegal immigrants might cross the border without permission, but they can still contribute to local society. Many of these immigrants find work in cash-under-the-table positions that are needed, but not often worked, by those with citizenship or a legal immigration status. Increases in production create improvements in living standards and that eventually helps everyone find more success.

2. It creates more diversity within the culture.
Diversity can provide a number of positive impacts to a society. It allows the society to grow because there are new ideas, perspectives, and cultures contributing to it. It offers everyone the chance to experience higher levels of growth because there is more access to information. Illegal immigrants combine their knowledge and skills to that of everyone else to create a stronger, responsive, and more productive outlook.

3. It reduces the costs of deportation.
The vast majority of illegal immigrants break no other laws beyond their initial unpermitted border crossing. Deporting illegal immigrants is a costly venture. In FY 2016, ICE spent $3.2 billion to identity illegal immigrants, arrest them, detain them, and then remove them from the United States. They handled 240,000 of the 450,000 deportations which took place that year. Each deportation conducted by ICE cost an average of $10,854 per illegal immigrant deported. Stopping just 100 deportations could save $1 million.

4. Most illegal immigrants have established residency.
In the United States, as of 2012, about 60% of the population that immigrated to the country illegally has been present for at least 10 years. At the same time, the illegal population that has been in the U.S. for less than five years has dropped from about 40% to less than 20% in the from 2004-2012. One in three undocumented immigrants above the age of 15 lives with a child that is a U.S. citizen. About one in three undocumented immigrants even own their own homes and pay property taxes.



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