Is It Possible to Curb Illegal Immigration in the US?
The issue of illegal immigrants is a global problem, and the USA is among the countries significantly affected. European countries too are suffering. The proposal is to create laws and pass reforms to tackle the problem. The issue of illegal immigrants is one facing various regions across the globe. Individuals from underdeveloped and struggling nations find ways to sneak into countries that are well off economically in search of greener pastures. For some, migrating is out of necessity rather than need. Illegal migrations are prominent in Europe, the USA, and some African nations. International bodies such as the United Nations mandated with the responsibility of protecting human rights have made significant efforts in curbing the issue of illegal immigrants. However, the situation is still wanting. Many people have come to the conclusion that the problem cannot be fully solved but only controlled, which is both true and false depending on the angle with which you look at it. To fully comprehend the impact and control of illegal immigration this paper primarily focuses on the issue in the USA. The US is among if not the leading nation(s) with the highest number of illegal immigrants. For this economic giant, the problem began decades ago and still very little has been done towards managing this crisis. There are two primary routes among many others that people use to sneak into the country, they are:
- The Pacific Ocean
- The Mexican border
BenefitsIn the USA, the economy has received significant boosts thanks to illegal immigration. It is not by chance this great nation is known as the land where dreams come true. Even the migrants have a fair chance of making their dreams become a reality. For starters, they are a source of cheap labor, and many businesses benefit from them. Sectors that have benefited significantly from the illegal immigrants’ situation include Agriculture, construction, mechanical and manufacturing.
DisadvantagesIllegal immigrants can be described as thieves, not in the sense of the word but because they enjoy services which they haven’t paid taxes for. Businesses hire immigrants not just because they are cheap, but they also get to evade paying taxes. Taxes are what keep a country going. Tax is a source of revenue. The services they enjoy include:
- Healthcare and welfare
- Unemployed compensation (In some cases)
What Can Be Done to Curb Illegal ImmigrationPutting an end to illegal immigration isn’t rocket science or impossible as we perceive. In truth, it’s all a matter of having all parties reading from the same script. We can’t really blame the illegals for wanting a better life for themselves and their families, the best we can do is insist they do the right thing by following the appropriate channels if they are genuinely legit in their objectives. There are two things that the government can do;
- Create reforms
- Form a reliable taskforce
- Using lights, fences and any other blockades on the hotspot crossing zones
- Zone out illegal crossing areas
- Double the number of patrol officers in hotspot areas