The Importance of Borders

We are a country founded on the many cultures that are drawn here by the promise of a better life. Historically, we have prided ourselves on being a cultural melting pot. However, the increasing number of illegal immigrants is becoming a problem. This tremendous issue has caused the United States citizens countless dollars, complications and disputes. As an american citizen, it is our right and job to voice our opinions which I plan to do so now, while backing up my opinion with facts, statistics and quotes.

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As America is in recession, money is an urgent problem that is only getting aggravated by the illegal immigrants. In fact, it is estimated that taxpayers pay around $12 million a year on primary and secondary school education for the children of illegal immigrants. Is it okay that we are compensating for these people coming into the United States illegally? While it is understandable they come to this country for better jobs, education and freedom, legal citizens often have to pay for them to be here. Well what about we legalize all the ones currently living in the country now? According to one study, that would cost U.S. taxpayers approximately 6.3 trillion dollars over the next 50 years. This is not a task America can take on, especially the economic situation we are in right now.

The next major issue illegal aliens are causing is the crime rate. This is not stating that every immigrant is a criminal or involved in the drug trade. However, It is estimated that illegal aliens make up approximately 30 percent of the population in federal, state and local prisons and that the total cost of incarcerating them is more than $1.6 billion annually. A great number of illegal aliens also bring dangerous drugs, such as cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. Mexican national narcotics traffickers, for example, dominate the distribution of those drugs through-out most regions of the U.S. Also, according to the Justice Department’s National Drug Intelligence Center, Mexican drug cartels make approximately 6.6 billion dollars a year“exporting” illegal drugs to the United States. Personally, these statistics are too shocking to ignore.

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Most are well aware that all of these people travelling into the United States are human and they are trying to make a better life for themselves, however, Americans should not have to compensate for them. Changes need to be made with laws and regulations regarding the borders and the illegal aliens already living in the United States. Many suggest ways of slowing or avoiding the problem, but in reality we need to end it. To do this, we have to tackle it at the source. We must eliminate the reasons people enter the U.S. illegally. Primarily they come for jobs. Many businesses will hire cheap labor so they can sell their products at lower prices and stay competitive. Employers who hire illegal immigrants benefit at others’ expense. They contribute to the problem by creating a demand for illegal immigrants. We need to make them responsible for their actions and at the same time find ways to solve their problems. In conclusion, tightening borders may slow illegal immigration, but it is not a solution. If people want to come, they will find a way. Therefore, we must get rid of the reasons that illegal immigrants come to our country and establish incentives for employers not to hire them. We also must balance population growth so that in the future we have a world shared equally between people and the environment. To do this we need to look and think ­beyond our borders, and into the ­future, so this problem can disappear into the past.

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