Immigration


Immigration should be restricted in the United States. There

are many political, social, and economic reasons why

restrictions should be put on immigration. The United

States Government and the welfare of its citizens are

chaotic enough, without having to deal with the influx of

thousands of new immigrants each year. Along with the

myriad immigrants to the U.S., come just as many

economic problems. Some of these problems include

unemployment, crime, and education. There are numerous

amounts of U.S. citizens who are currently receiving

welfare benefits from the government, many of whom are

immigrants. The unemployment rate has been on a steady

decline, which has started to level off in the past few years.

With the addition of all these immigrants, the amount of

people unemployed and on welfare is sure to increase

geometrically, as the number of open work positions

increases merely arithmetically; therefore contributing to our

nations national debt, tax, and unemployment rates. The

rates at which immigrants are willing to work at further

burden the citizen's hope of finding a "good paying job".

Business and industry owners do not care who they have

working for them, as long as they hustle. So why, one may

wonder would anyone hire an American worker at a higher

rate, when an immigrant will do the same work for less

pay? This increased competition for jobs is certainly related

to the saturation of unemployed immigrants in the U.S. In

addition to the economic problems that arise with

immigration, there are also many social issues as well.

Some of these issues include education, communication,

and assimilation. The public school systems of the U.S.

today are inadequate enough, without the hassle of trying to

cope with immigrants. Assuming that the immigrant children

are bilingual(most of which are not), they will still have

much trouble adjusting to the curriculum, and most likely

will need to be taught in separate classes; this requires

more teachers, space, and desperately needed money. It

can not be expected of teachers, the backbone of society

today, to coach all immigrants through their troubles, and

set aside extra class time to the soul purpose of further

explaining matters to the ignorant immigrants. A large

percentage of these immigrants will drop out of high school,

about 33.1% of recent immigrants. Many immigrants are

also criminals. Almost eighty percent of all aliens in prison

were incarcerated for drug charges. Another problem that

arises from immigration is racism. "The melting pot is

melting down. The ethnic strife is tearing the country

apart....This is destroying the social fabric of America. It's

causing ethnic warfare."(Connif,24) Along with the

economic and social quandaries of immigration, political

obstacles must also be conquered. The amount of money

spent on keeping just Mexicans out of the United States is

astronomical, about three hundred and sixty eight million

dollars, on the border patrol alone. The government

spending on just the illegal alien problem is about two

billion dollars, in just California alone, not to mention the

rest of the country. Dr. Donald Huddle, and economist at

Rice University, concluded in his study that "immigrants

cost the United States $54 billion a year in social services".

Anti-immigration activist groups such as STOP-IT and

FAIR, have been speaking out against immigration for

years; most members are either concerned citizens or

ranchers, who watch aliens fleeing through their property

daily. One politician, Muriel Watson organized a group, in

which hundreds of cars were lined up facing the Mexican

border at Tijuana, and shined their headlights so the any

incoming aliens could be spotted and sent back. In

conclusion, more measures should be taken to restrict

immigration in the United States. Policies such as the

Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, or the Alien Contract

Labor Laws of 1885,1887,1888, and 1891. Certainly the

economic, social, and political reasons prove that

immigration should be restricted in the United States.