Illegal Immigration

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December 12, 2013
Illegal Immigration

The United States Government is faced with a number of challenges to try and keep this country safe and a major issue they must deal with is illegal immigration. Immigration in the United States dates all the way back to the early 17th century where as few as 400,000 immigrants crossed the Atlantic in search for a better life. During this time period the United States was very open to taking in immigrants as long as they were legally documented, which is still the case but we are seeing a lot more immigrants trying to stay in the United States illegally which is causing for a major problem. In January of 2010 the Department of Homeland Security estimated that 10,800,000 illegal aliens are living in the United States. Being an unregistered immigrant is against the law because your residency in the country is not official they are able to get around paying the government for expenses of living in the United States. Not having a record of a person is a cause for concern due to the high amount of illegal immigrants that become criminals. There are many different reasons why people try going to a foreign land and leave their homes and family behind, such as a political or economical reasons. Individuals generally choose to reside in countries that are more technologically advanced have greater resources and offer more opportunities. Some immigrants also move to a foreign country to give their children a better life because for example in the United States if you are an illegal alien but your child is born in the country that child is automatically a citizen of the U.S. Most immigrants come to the United States in search for a job to either support the family they brought with them or send money back to their family in their foreign country. Most of the countries that these people migrate…...

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