Illegal Immigration in America

The economic impact of illegal immigrants is a challenging field to quantify, it leaves room for varying methodologies of study, and so the definitive results of the economic impact can change.

Without definitive evidence against illegal immigration, the problem remains divided, with facts in favour of opposing sides.

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Illegal immigration benefits the US economy through additional tax revenue, expansion of the low-cost labor pool, and increased money in circulation. Immigrants bring good values, have motivations consistent with US values, perform jobs that Americans won’t take, and that opposition to immigration stems from racism.

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Illegal immigrants break the law by coming into America without proper documentation or by overstaying their visas should be deported and not rewarded with a path to citizenship and access to social services. People in the country illegally are criminals and social and economic burdens to law-abiding, tax-paying citizens.

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Whether you are for or against illegal immigration, most people can agree that there is room for improvement with the current illegal immigrants system. Additionally, the most important thing is to balance the needs of the illegal immigrants, the legal immigrants and the US citizens.

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Unlawful immigrant households impose a net fiscal burden

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Unauthorized immigrants contribute to the growth of the economy

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Undocumented immigrants pay taxes

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Illegal immigrants can contribute to school crowding

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Immigration has a negative effect on workers without a college degree.

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Immigrants often can’t compete with Americans for communication skills.

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A Path to Legal Status but Not Citizenship

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Immigrants are a major source of crime

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Undocumented immigrants pay taxes

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Unauthorized immigrants contribute to the growth of the economy

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Immigrants often can’t compete with Americans for communication skills.

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A Path to Legal Status but Not Citizenship

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Unlawful immigrant households impose a net fiscal burden

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Illegal immigrants can contribute to school crowding

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Immigration has a negative effect on workers without a college degree.

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Immigrants are a major source of crime

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General discussion

Ally Irwin
+136
3 weeks ago

If you have a large segment of the population that's illegal, it leads to problems. I'm not calling illegal immigrants immoral, or criminals. But not being able to contact law enforcement for fear of deportation, creates a perfect environment for organized crime and victimization.

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Sam Jones
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2 weeks ago

That's what I worry about-- a large population of immigrants alienated from the larger society-- a true underclass. While I dislike illegal immigration and hate the designation of "Sanctuary City," I agree with nearly all the policies that come with so-called sanctuary status, especially the protections for undocumented victims.

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Susan Lemaz
+16
1 weeks ago

Perhaps we should stop criminalizing them so they can report crimes without fear

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Dan Stuart
+16
5 weeks ago

If you have a large segment of the population that's illegal, it leads to problems. I'm not calling illegal immigrants immoral, or criminals. But not being able to contact law enforcement for fear of deportation, creates a perfect environment for organized crime and victimization.

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