The American Dream, which is sought by many people around the world, is not an easy task and it can be very hard to achieve for the unfortunate. Many see the United States as a land of possibilities and a better life and that could explain why the number of unauthorized immigrants has increased from 3.5 millions in 1990 to 12.2 millions in 2007. (Preston 1)
The number on immigrants in the US only decreased between the 2007 and 2009 due to the economical crisis, when more immigrants left the US than entered it. (Preston 2)
However, The United States has one of the safest security systems in the world and that leads to a very good protection of its borders. ‘’In 2006, Congress passed The Secure Fence Act authorizing 700 miles of fencing along the US-Mexico border’’ (Border enforcement 1) creating one of the biggest barriers in the world and disappointing the people that look for a better quality of life. Patrol’s budget in the border with South America, was increased by a 500 percent and its employees by more than 200 percent (Border 1) , which makes difficult the situation for the dreamers who risk their lives to come to America.
There are 11.7 million illegal immigrants living in the US nowadays (Preston 1) who support economically the country as they raised legal workers’ wage a 10 percent between 1990 and 2007 and make an earning of fifteen billions per year to the Social Security trough payroll taxes and a ten percent of its Trust Fund (Davidson 2). On the other hand, Illegal immigrants’ deportation has a very elevated cost and thus, it is not easy to send them home. Although there are 400,000 deportations each year in the US (Preston 1) ‘’In …2007, ICE Director… estimated that to detain and remove 12 million people would cost at least 94$ billion more than twice the Department of Homeland Security 2008 budget, and nearly 18 times the current ICE budget’’ (Fennelly and Hatch 1). In my opinion, everyone should be able to have a better life. Illegal immigrants’ effect on the American economy is positive and they should be provided with an easy way to obtain legalization, become taxpayers and achieve receiving American citizenship.
Illegal immigration between the US and South America has been an important border issue since the 1970s. (Border 1) The enormous border between America and Mexico has represented since the old times, illegal immigrants’ path to a land of many possibilities. However, it has a high security zone controlled by policemen and trying to cross it supposes risking your life. The 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act increased Border Patrol funding and the fencing area has had a developed security system since its creation. Another immigration-related law is The U.S.A Patriot Act, which took effect in 2001 , and focused on paperwork requirements , specially in the development of visas for visitors and in the improvement of biometric technology. (Border 1) Surprisingly enough, the safety in the Mexican-American border has...