The Effects Of Illegal Immigration On The United States Essay

1151 Words Nov 18th, 2014 5 Pages
On the surface, it is easy for many people in the United States to turn a blind eye to the effects of illegal immigration. Some may say that this cognitive dissonance is caused by the prominence of immigrants and their impact on the nation. Many foreigners, migrating to the states, sought out the American dream. The dream to live in the United States promised new objectives like freedom, hope, and a better life for loved ones. Although this yearning incited a new hope for many adoptive citizens, it did not entitle them to all of these opportunities. But that did not matter. Twelve million immigrants migrated through Ellis Island between the late 1800’s and early 1920’s (NY Harbor Parks par 14.) The lively yet growing city of New York, New York was a promising land for these willful travelers. They boosted the economy by creating businesses that hire both immigrants and American workers. Undocumented immigrants’ dream is synonymous to those migrants from one hundred years ago. But, they are different in many aspects. This includes, but is not limited to, the fact that legal migrants pay taxes and illegals do not. Despite their prominence in the United States, roughly 11.7 million (Preston par 1,) illegal immigrants negatively impact the economy. Undocumented immigrants can do more harm than good by applying disproportionately to government aid programs, working for cash and using social services provided by the government (e.g. Emergency Rooms and Public Schools,) and…

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