As a LEGAL immigrant, I have the luxury of being able to look at it from a slightly different viewpoint.
I don't like that I spent a lot of money, time, and effort to do it properly while others simply stroll in and set up shop. I would be looking over
my shoulder the whole time...but that's just how I am.
I also don't like that a considerable amount of money made in wages by illegals is sent off 'home.' That money needs to spent in the local
community. That's what strengthens the economy. That's how the original immigrants made some great cities in the US. The amount of money sent out of
the country is obscene.
Last year Mexico received more than $17 billion in remittances. The amount of remittances in Mexico exceeds the amount of foreign direct
investment in the country. This is not surprising given that a significant portion of Hispanics in the United States are of Mexican descent. Other
Latin American countries like El Salvador are popular destinations for remittances. In 2005 approximately $2.5 billion was sent to El Salvador. The
amount represented more than 13% of El Salvador’s GDP, or gross domestic product. It is estimated that Latin Americans residing in the United States
send $30 billion dollars to their native countries.
- (from the US Immigrations Website)
That money needs to stay here. It needs to be spent in local businesses.
Other things to note:
* Immigrants don't take your jobs. They take jobs, but they never stop you from taking that job. Go ahead and apply. You'll love the low wages (no
need to follow minimum wage laws when the employee is illegal, right?), poor working conditions, and lack of benefits.
* There's a lot of fake/stolen Social Security numbers floating around out there, and a great deal of tax payments being made to those numbers.
Social security payments will never be collected by the illegals who pay them for fear of being found out. The tax payments are still being made.
It's rare that illegals will be able to be 'leeches' since they have no legal standing by which to obtain benefits. Pick any immigrant at random
and I'll bet that they have a source of income based on hard work.
* Someone mentioned the criminal element. The percentage of criminal illegals against the percentage of home-grown criminals is fractional. Criminals
are criminals. It has little to do with whether they crossed the border or not.
* Consider the price of, say, a head of lettuce should all the illegal immigrants be forced away. Now you have local people demanding good wages,
unions demanding benefits and medical coverage, proper breaks etc. Your salad just increased in value by 1000%.
* People who knowingly hire illegal immigrants NEVER have any responsibility, apparently. They are a big part of the problem (but you also have to
consider the above point!). As long as someone is willing to hire an illegal, they will turn up.
Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of the American dream, and I have lived it. You can make it with hard work, and sacrifice. Remember many
immigrants do just that every day.