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Would letting illegal immigrants come to the United States hurt the nation ?

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Started: 3/25/2015 Category: Politics
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Why would letting illegal immigrants come or stay in the United States hurt the nation ? This nation was built on immigration , no one would be here except for Native Americans that are actually from here. Everyone has migrated from a different county , maybe it was you personally or your ancestors it doesn't matter . It could have been legally or illegally, it was easier back then to come in the U.S and obtain a legal way to enter the nation, now it is not that easy . People come here for a reason and that is to live out the "American Dream" People say illegal immigrants don't pay taxes , REALLY WHERE DID YOU HEAR THAT ? That is not true at all they do pay their taxes , you really think they'll just send their kids to school for free NO !!! they contribute to the economy !! IF we could just open our eyes and see that having illegal immigrants would be beneficial to us !! If we were to make illegal immigrants permanent citizens if would boost our economy not tear it down !Having immigrants diversifies us we come from all over the world not just Mexico .... Furthermore , people say immigrants take american jobs ...? REALLY ARE YOU SERIOUS ! if you haven't checked more that 75% of them are entrepreneurs they do landscaping , house cleaning, painting etc. and they come to this country having a lot of knowledge on owning a business , if you don't get hired for a job but you notice a immigrant does that's probably because they do a better job than you ... and then people say they should get deported back to their country , the reason they leave their country is to escape the drug cartels and murders!!! Sending them back is like putting the death sentence on them . Also you would be splitting tons of families . if you don't want immigrants coming to the country then just don't leave yours , because there have been many cases of Americans leaving the U.S and moving to another country ILLEGALLY. Just let the immigrants coming here in peace they are not looking for trouble , they just want to be apart of the "American Dream".


I thank my opponent for creating this debate and allowing my acceptance. Before continuing, I will set up guidelines to define the boundaries of this debate, since my opponent has not. BoP will rest on Pro, where they must prove that illegal immigrants harm, in some way, shape, or form, the United States, whether it be economically or by any other facet. I will first begin by clearing up a few terms stated in the resolution.

  1. Letting: the act of renting out a property; to permit; to enter; to permit entrance; to allow

  2. Illegal Immigrant: a foreigner who has entered or resides in a country unlawfully or without the country's authorization; a foreigner who enters the U.S. without an entry or immigrant visa,especially a person who crosses the border by avoiding inspection or who overstays the period of time allowed as a visitor, tourist, or business person

  3. Hurt: to be detrimental to; to do substantial or material harm to; to cause damage or distress

In the context of the debate, myself, as pro, must prove: Letting Illegal Immigrants can potentially, or have in the past “hurt” the United States. Doing so fulfills and affirms the resolution. As the debate is now defined, let us begin argumentation.

Before delving into arguments too quickly, let us simply explain a) what immigration laws we have b) what purpose these laws serve and c) why immigration even exists.

  1. What Immigration Laws Do We Have?

According to the Immigration Policy Center in 2015, “U.S. immigration law is very complex, and there is much confusion as to how it works. The Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA), the body of law governing current immigration policy, provides for an annual worldwide limit of 675,000 permanent immigrants, with certain exceptions for close family members. Congress and the President determine a separate number for refugee admissions. Immigration to the United States is based upon the following principles: the reunification of families, admitting immigrants with skills that are valuable to the U.S. economy, protecting refugees, and promoting diversity.” [1] Basically, our immigration laws vary due to different circumstances, but as a core ideal, the central law is an annual limit of roughly 675,000 immigrants each year. Take note that the immigrants are all considered legal, excluding illegal aliens from passage.

B. What Purpose Do US Immigration Laws Serve?

Immigration laws are in place for many reasons, but primarily to avoid an excessive population without sufficient necessities (including housing, work, medical services, etc.). The Legal Information Institute of Cornell University Law School expands on the purpose by saying, “Federal immigration law determines whether a person is an alien, the rights, duties, and obligations associated with being an alien in the United States, and how aliens gain residence or citizenship within the United States. It also provides the means by which certain aliens can become legally naturalized citizens with full rights of citizenship. Immigration law serves as a gatekeeper for the nation's border, determining who may enter, how long they may stay, and when they must leave.” [2] Accordingly, these laws normatively prevent problems within the country itself.

C. Why Does Immigration Even Exist?

There are a variety of reasons as to why people immigrate. The Watson Institute for International Studies of Brown University published an article titled “US Immigration Policy: What Should We Do?” that described a little about this subject: “The idealism surrounding immigration explains in large part the deep feelings it evokes in the public policy arena. These sentiments have jostled with concerns about the economy, ethnic relations, social services, the environment, and other issues. In recent years, the debate over immigration has expanded to incorporate a broad range of foreign policy issues.” [3] Besides this, there are four age-old reasons explicitly detailing the cause of intentional immigration, particularly to the US. Those are: “1. to be reunited with family 2. to seek a better financial situation 3. to seek freedom and safety and 4. to follow their faith.” [4]

With those questions cleared up, I will provide the following contentions to detail why I affirm the resolution.

C1:Excessive immigration becomes a burden to society.

Immigration can be beneficial on a minute scale, but those benefits quickly turn to detriments when expanded. Expanding the policy include more people, coming illegally, would only result in problematic and perhaps even dangerous circumstances.

If illegal immigration stopped now, the numbers would be permissible; however, the problems we see exist because illegal immigration is not stopping, or even slowing down; rather, it is accelerating. According to Peter Ketel of the University of Idaho, “More than 10 million illegal immigrants live in the United States, and 1,400 more arrive every day.” [5] Refer back to the IPC [1] where they specified that immigration laws restrict access of legal immigrants at 675,000 annually. 1,400 every day calculates to a conservative estimate of 510,000 annually, all illegal. On average, that’s the US gaining in population by 1,185,000 yearly.

Considering the dilemma from a moral standpoint, we still shouldn’t allow illegal immigrants. Manuel Velasquez, professor of business ethics at Santa Clara University explains, “Because immigrants from less-developed nations are usually willing to work for less than citizens, employers hire the immigrants, pushing wages downward. At the same time, aliens take advantage of government services such as schools and health care. So nations have a moral right to exclude immigrants because they harm citizens by taking away jobs, reducing wages, and draining social services.” [6]

Furthermore, illegal immigrants also unintentionally receive benefits that legal residents aren’t granted. Jack Martin and Eric A. Ruark of Federation for American Immigration Reform explain this phenomenon, “Most illegal aliens do not pay income taxes. among those who do, much of the revenues collected are refunded to the illegal aliens when they file tax returns. many are also claiming tax credits resulting in payments from the U.S. treasury.” [7] Living illegally does not constitute benefits from which regular legal citizens are excluded. It is for these reasons that I urge a Pro vote. Thank you.









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