Dear Future President of the United States of America,
I would like to begin by thanking you for reading this letter and doing whatever it takes to make America better as a country, as a team. I am writing this letter because I know that immigration is a hotspot in the current election, which is happening because of two reasons. To begin with, the population of the United States is booming and there will not be any space left to hold other immigrants. Second, there are immigrants illegally crossing the borders. In fact, in March of 2016, there were about 33,000 illegal immigrants that crossed the border. (1) I believe that all immigrants should be legalized and provided with government aid.
This issue is important to our future success as a country. In fact, George Borjas, the leading immigrant economist of the country, “estimates that the presence of immigrant workers (legal and illegal) in the labor market makes the U.S. economy (GDP) an estimated 11 percent larger ($1.6 trillion) each year.” (2) This shows how important immigrants are to the economy. If we start deporting immigrants, the economy’s functionality will decrease; therefore, immigrants should not be taken out of the country. Additionally, immigrants affect the military as well. “Approximately 65,000 immigrants serve in the armed forces.” (3) Without immigrants, 65,000 people would not be in the military fighting for our country. That means we will not win wars or battles. We need a strong army to defeat powerful nations that we may have war against. You, as the President, should provide federal government funding to immigrants. You might be scared that this will hurt the economy. The money given to them will be cycled back into the economy, however.
In conclusion, immigrants have many impacts on the United States. 13.3% of the United States population are immigrants. (4) Without these people, the U.S. wouldn’t be the same. Please do not deport these innocent people who have tried to escape poverty and violence. Do not let them return to their country against their will. Thanks again for spending your time in reading the letter.
STEM Prep High, 9th Grader
- May, C. (2016, April 22). Border Patrol Apprehends More Than 33K Illegal Immigrants — 1,075 Per Day — in March. Retrieved November 1, 2016, from http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/04/22/border-patrol-apprehends-more-than-33k-illegal-immigrants-1075-per-day-in-march/
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