When talking about immigration, in the U.S many people are against it. I myself used to think negatively about it and believed that illegal immigrants were nothing but a strain on our system. However, within the past couple of years I’ve changed my thinking. The most common argument you hear against immigration, is that they’re taking jobs from americans. But, is this really what’s happening?
As we saw in class, it just isn’t true. Many illegal immigrants take the jobs that most americans are too stuck up to do, or can’t do. These immigrants are milking cows in the middle of the night and they’re cooking our meals in tiny restaurants. They’re the maids that clean motel rooms, and they’re the taxi drivers taking us from place to place. Kids in the U.S don’t generally grow up dreaming to have one of these jobs, and many adults won’t do them because they think of themselves as “better than that.” So why are we so against illegal immigrants working the the U.S?
On average, it costs about $12,500 to deport someone. Also, immigration offices often have quotas to meet of number of people deported. So, by deporting all these illegal immigrants, and taking them away from their jobs, it is costing the taxpayers an extreme amount of money, rather than just letting them stay and earn minimum wage, and provide for any family they may have here.
I’m not saying that we should stop all deportation or that illegal immigration is a good thing. I do believe that people should do their best to become legal, and I also think that immigrants committing crimes should be deported. However, I no longer believe that all immigrants should be forced out. It just isn’t practical. If more people realized that America has options for many people that aren’t available back in their home countries, such as medical care, and livable wages, then the $12,500 spent on deportation per person could go back to th e country in a positive way.