Illegal Immigration Argumentative Essay by Peter Pen

Illegal Immigration
This paper looks at the sensitive issue of illegal immigration in the United States
# 103150 | 1,467 words | 6 sources | APA | 2008

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In this article, the writer discusses that the events of September 11, 2001 and the continuing media reports of tens of millions of illegal immigrants being in the United States has not helped the position of those who want to immigrate and it has added fuel to the war on terrorism fires at home. This paper provides a review of the relevant literature to demonstrate several timely reasons why illegal immigrants who are already in the United States should be allowed to remain. The writer notes that this includes the enormous positive economic contributions of illegal immigrants and the exorbitant costs associated with identifying and deporting them. The writer also points out that migration is a natural survival technique and looks at the adverse effect that deporting illegal immigrants to the US would have on the nation's consciousness in view of America's longstanding legacy of welcoming dispossessed people.

Review and Discussion
Positive Economic Contributions of Illegal Immigrants
Exorbitant Costs Associated with Identifying and Deporting Illegal Immigrants

From the Paper:

"Given its significance in national affairs, it is not surprising that there have been some conflicting reports concerning the economic impact of illegal immigrants on the country's economy. While the actual numbers are unknown, critics suggest that these illegal immigrants are stealing jobs away from American workers who would readily accept these jobs if they were available. For instance, Gresham reports that there are literally millions of illegal aliens in the United States today who are using false Social Security cards and numbers to secure legitimate and better-paying employment than many observers might believe. According to Gresham, the impact of these workers on the nation's middle class will be profound and will make the gap between the haves and have-nots even greater. In fact, this author maintains that left unresolved, this trend will ultimately result in an American middle class that will shrink from its present 65 percent to 70 percent of Americans and create a larger percentage of poor people than ever before in the country's history ..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bushnell, David. (2006). Emigration. Encyclopaedia Britannica Premium Service. 24 May 2006 <>.
  • Edwards, James R. (2002, June 27). Grading the Hill on Illegal Immigration. The Washington Times A21.
  • "Embracing Illegals." (2005, July 18). Business Week Online. 23 May 2006 < http://www.>.
  • Gresham, Thomas. (2004, April 13). "Illegal Immigration Will Pose Threat to American Prosperity." Insight on the News 4.
  • O'Callaghan, Erin M. (2002). "Expedited Removal and Discrimination in the Asylum Process: The Use of Humanitarian Aid as a Political Tool." William and Mary Law Review 43(4):1747.

Cite this Argumentative Essay:

APA Format

Illegal Immigration (2008, April 25) Retrieved March 26, 2023, from

MLA Format

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