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Zexcoiler_Kingbolt
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Is Illegal Immigration Inherently Good or Bad for the United States?

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Started: 10/22/2015 Category: Society
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Zexcoiler_Kingbolt

Pro

In today's modern American society, the issue of illegal immigration has never loomed larger than in the past before the 1986 Amnesty. From the southern tip of Chile to the border towns at Mexicali/Calexico, illegal immigrants are leaving their native homelands to escape drug cartels, petty, corrupt governments, and the abject poverty they suffer in their native lands.

American society has stigmatized these "Juans" and "Marias" as lazy and burdening, while the opposite is true, and will be true, for the US to stay afloat in the world as a superpower nation in the coming years.

This is an informal debate, so Ethos, Pathos, and Logos are all valid. The Con/Against can be Devil's Advocate or sincere believer.
AimToLose

Con

Illegal immigration is inherently 'bad'. That which is inherently bad is inherently selfish, illegal immigration is when one is so selfish that they disregard even the most basic policies in place to protect the land which they emigrate to in order to better themselves at the sake of it. In turn, they will likely work for a boss and corporation even more selfish than themselves and receive 'bad' wages for 'bad' reasons.
Debate Round No. 1
Zexcoiler_Kingbolt

Pro

Any animosity felt towards immigrants coming to the United States is severely and fatally misguided. According to an article published by the Fiscal Times on December 2nd, 2014, immigrants make up roughly 16% of the entire US workforce, includinig some 24% who don't possess a high school diploma (How Immigrants Boost U.S. Economic Growth). This might suggest that, if deporting or detaining the majority of illegal immirgants is an action that is taken up by the state or federal governments, then the economic and financial consequences would be catastrophic for fields of low-skill and high-skill jobs. Furthermore, the Immigration Policy Center, a government institution, has also recently released figures noting that "...the purchasing power of Latinos and Asians, many of whom are immigrants, alone will reach $1.5 trillion and $775 billion, respectively, by 2015" (IPC). This suggests that, more and more, immigrants are becoming the backbone of state- and national markets of the US. Deporting immigrants will cause an irreversible amount of damage and most likely will cause the national financial infrastructure to collapse, as they create jobs and opportunites, not take them.
AimToLose

Con

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Debate Round No. 2
Zexcoiler_Kingbolt

Pro

The United States was founded upon the idea that everyone has a chance to move up in society. Not until early reactionaries would dominate Congress and pass the Alien & Sedition Acts, laws that went against the Constitution, were passed were immigrants treated with the same vitriol that plagues modern American politics and the current Republican Party platform.
AimToLose

Con

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Debate Round No. 3
Zexcoiler_Kingbolt

Pro

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AimToLose

Con

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