In 2009, the United States’ illegal immigrant population was estimated to be 10.8 million people.
That was about 3.5 percent of our country’s overall population.
The majority of these illegal immigrants migrated from our neighbor to the south; Mexico.
U.S. citizens who claim illegal immigrants take their jobs away, and are also quick to label those illegal immigrants lazy. They also say they are unwilling to go through the legal immigration process, but those same people would likely be incapable of passing themselves.
Immigration reform is a must for our country to move forward.
The people whho hike through dangerous terrain risk encounters with drug cartels, evade border protection and tread through adverse weather are exactly the type of people the United States should be hoping for.
These are the people who risk it all for a piece of the American dream.
They want it so bad.
They leave their families to come here and work for less than minimum wage just so they can take their inconsequential earnings and send them home to their families in need.
They represent what it means to be American better than most Americans do and they are not even from this country.
So why do we make it so difficult for them to be accepted into society? Because we are the lazy ones.
Why is no politician willing to take on the topic of immigration reform?
We face a debt crisis, a shrinking economy, a strength that is wavering and an uncertain future, yet we still make it nearly impossible for some of the world’s most hard-working people to join our society.
I would argue we need them more than they need us.
If immigration were made more accessible, our country would only benefit from the influx of people we could bring in.
Globalization is leveling the playing field and a poor child in India who happens to be an ace computer programmer may just want to keep his or her talents in India if they are incapable of getting to the America.
The same applies to a doctor in China, an engineer in Ecuador and a physicist in Nigeria.
America needs professionals.
Also with more legal citizens come more sources of taxable revenue, something I would say we are in dire need of right now.
You cannot tax an undocumented illegal immigrant but you can tax a one with a green card.
Immigration reform would stem the flow of drugs in and out of the country. Legitimate documentation and legitimate work is a much better deterrence to the drug trade than Predator drones on the border, an idea proposed by Texas Governor Rick Perry.
That would only encourage stealthier means of transportation for the cartels.
“I mean, we know that there are predator drones being flown for practice every day because we are seeing them. We are preparing these young people to fly missions in these war zones that we have,” Perry said.
“But some of those, they have all the equipment. They are obviously unarmed, they have got the downward-looking radar, they have got the ability to do night work and through clouds. Why not be flying those missions and using real-time information to help our law-enforcement? “ He said.
“Because if we will commit to that, I will suggest to you that we will be able to drive the drug cartels away from our border.”
If we as a country banded together and forced our representatives to fix immigration laws, we would only benefit.
Facts can be thrown at you all day about how illegal immigrants hurt society. The founding settlers were technically illegal immigrants.
Let us stop fighting the thing that made us what we are today and embrace it.
Immigration reform is for the best.