A few years ago while discussing illegal immigration in an English class, a girl spoke about her reasons on why she was against it. My initial reaction was to roll my eyes because I knew that what she was about to say was going to be ignorant considering her opinions on previous in-class debates. Regardless, I paid attention to what she was going to say so that I could express my
Her opinions and the reasoning behind them were the same ones I have been hearing my entire life.
“Why don’t they just come legally?”
“Illegal immigrants don’t pay taxes and they are all on welfare.”
“There’s borders for a reason.”
One of the main arguments against illegal immigration that I hear frequently asks why undocumented immigrants choose to come illegally instead of obtaining a visa or a green card. This argument portrays immigrants as being simply too “lazy” to apply for either as well as grossly oversimplifying the attainment process of these documents.
For those who are unaware of the outdated immigration system currently used in the U.S, there is a certain amount of visas and green cards given to every country. This number is the same
In 2012 the number of visas that were allotted to Mexico was 47,250 and the amount of Mexican applicants were 1,316,118. As you can see, simply applying for a visa definitely does not indicate that one will be given and most of those who submit a petition are denied.
Using this argument based on an assumption that undocumented immigrants are too indolent to apply for legal residency when it is the immigration system who isn’t allowing them to do so is contradictory.
Another argument that is often used by those who are against illegal immigration is that undocumented immigrants do not pay taxes and are all on welfare, which is predominately inaccurate.
An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) is issued by the IRS for those who are unable to obtain a Social Security Number and are required to file tax returns. Therefore, undocumented immigrants who are living in the U.S still pay taxes using this identification number.
According to U.S.
One of the main reasons why undocumented immigrants come to the U.S is to escape the poverty within their home countries by working here. Mexican culture is predominately
California is one of the main food producers of the world due to its agricultural background and is known as the “bread basket of the world”. If 80% of those working in agriculture related jobs are illegal immigrants I can’t help but ask what politicians such as Donald Trump are planning to do if they deport the 11 million living in the U.S. I wonder if Trump has actually thought about the repercussions his decisions will bring or if he is just spewing hate masked in pseudo intelligence.
It angers me that the hard work and contributions that undocumented immigrants do every single day are disregarded. They are
It is time to end the stereotypes that prevent