Jake O. Illinois

Illegal Immigrants

Our efforts to push out illegal immigrants have been unsuccessful. We need to take action.

Dear future president,

52 percent of illegal immigrants in the U.S. are coming from the southern border of the U.S.. Illegal immigrants are taking our jobs and destroying our economy. This problem concerns the entire nation and needs to be stopped. We need to take action against people coming here illegally from the southern border.

In order to solve this problem you may consider building a wall on the southern border. That would be a terrible mistake that would only cost the U.S. billions of dollars to do little to nothing. From 1985 to 2010, the U.S. spent $35 billion in real terms on border enforcement only for the rate of undocumented population growth to double. Why spend more money on a wall to do nothing? According to an article on Politifact.com,by Jon Greenberg, 40 percent of undocumented immigrants that come from the south come by air. They first come legally with a passport and visa. Then they just overstay their welcome. We already have a justified border patrol that keeps out illegal immigrants from crossing the ground border. We need to put more air security and document immigrants migrating to the U.S. in order to make sure that they do not stay too long to the point where they become an illegal immigrant.

But what about the illegal immigrants that are already in the U.S.? We need to deport them of course. We are already on that track with immigration courts. But the deportation system we have today is totally unjustified and is deporting legal American citizens, just because of their heritage. It all started in 1846 when U.S. president James Polk started a war with Mexico as an excuse to take their land. Many states today used to be Mexican territory such as California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico. When America seized their land, all Mexican citizens living in these territories officially became American citizens. So, a lot of the hispanics living in America today have a strong lineage of original American citizenship. So why are we deporting so many hispanics every day? In order to be deported you have to be accused of illegal citizenship and go to an immigration court to be tried. There are only 58 immigration courts in the U.S.. They need to keep up with 489,000 deportation cases a year. Each judge handles 1,500 cases a year which is 3 times as much as what a regular judge has to. On top of that, immigration courts donโ€™t provide lawyers. Not even for unaccompanied minors. With so many cases judges are forced to speed through the trials with poor judgement, causing legal American citizens to be deported. We need to fix our deportation system to better secure what America stands for.

As expressed, it is of utmost importance that we control who is coming to the U.S., and to correct our deportation system. It is up to you to change our country for the better.

Gurrie Middle School

McGovern Period 3/4

Ms. McGovern's Period 3/4 ELA Class

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