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Cris Jordan Sulio


Professor Jeremy Mumford
English 1A
November 8, 2014
How Illegal Immigrants Help America
Immigrants are people who are granted the right of residing and working in a country other than
their native country. Unfortunately, some individuals do not go through the full legal process to become
an immigrant but decides to sneak in, stow away on ships, and give out fraudulent documents in order
for them to enter a country. People who illegally migrate towards a country are known as illegal
immigrants. According to the Opposing Viewpoints Collection article of 2014 on illegal immigration, the
population of illegal immigrants greatly increased over the past decade. The 2010 US Census reported
that there is an estimated 10 million illegal immigrants residing in the United States. Illegal immigration
sparked a major debate on what the impact illegal immigrants brought about into the country's
economy, safety, and providence of resources in the form of governmental programs. Many individuals
believe that illegal immigration is harmful for the economy; on the contrary, evidence show that illegal
immigrants in the United States increase productivity by feeding the economy with their hard-work and
the increase in the production and consumption that they provide. In addition, Illegal immigrants do not
increase the crime rate. Border states actually have a lower frequency of crimes than non-border states.
Therefore, Illegal immigrants actually help the country in the aspect of economy and providence, and
they do not increase crime rates as many individuals suppose.
Many individuals argue that American economy is threatened by illegal immigrants, as Michael
Telzrow indicated on his article "Illegal Immigration Threatens the American Economy". Telzrow pointed
out that illegal immigration drives down wages. Telzrow believes illegal immigrants displace native-

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born American workers in the workforce. He indicated that governmental and nonpartisan commissions
determined that there is an oversupply of workers. He then arrives to the conclusion that it is not that
United States citizens cannot work how illegal immigrants work, but just need the lawful wage, since
illegal immigrants accept wages lower than the minimum, however he did not provide evidence that
Americans will do work if presented right wages. In addition, Telzrow indicated that Martin, a professor
in Agriculture at UC (University of California) Davis posits that if the number of illegal immigrants would
be decreased, the overall food cost to the average American household would only increase by a mere
$9 per year. It is also presented that theoretically, if the employees are at the right wage, it would
eventually increase their benefit as workers but only if they are paid in harmony with their true value.
Telzrow also presented the idea that illegals drain welfare programs, which in my opinion is a little bias
because everyone who is qualified to enjoy the welfare programs can apply for it. Lastly, Telzrow
indicated that there has not been a real measure of cost that illegal immigrants put on the shoulders of
legal US citizens.
On the other hand, John Price, who is the president and co-founder of the business intelligence
firm InfoAmericas located in Latin America, argues that there is a flaw on the criticism given. People
forget that illegal immigrants' children will grow up to become taxpaying individuals and would benefit
the economy in the long run. Even though illegal immigrants illegally entered the United States, they
would eventually use the money they gained from working, at a lower price, to pay for the goods they
consume. In addition, Price points out that the 8.1 billion hours of "free service" by 61 volunteers are
rendered by critics economically relevant. Price also argues that 7.3% of price reduction can be
attributed to the illegal immigration workforce and lastly he recommends that the United States should
import not only unskilled but also skilled workers because it is essential to America's economy. While
many people generalizes that illegal immigrants send back all the money that they earn to their native
country, Price points out that of the $2000 per year sent home by the average illegal immigrant, it is less

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than 15 percent of what they obtain and use to buy goods for their own consumption.
Another ideological perspective presented by Telzrow is that illegal immigrants deplete the
economy's resources by exhausting government-funded programs. In a peer reviewed article titled "Are
Latino Immigrants a Burden to Safety Net Services in Nontraditional Immigrant States?" The study
proved that Latino immigrants being a burden to safety net services is just a misconception. Despite a
lower poverty prevalence for latino immigrants, Use of safety net services by latino immigrants is lower
than that among non-Latino whites. Immigration status costs, lack of insurance coverage, and
discrimination are among the reasons for this group's limited use of services. Nevertheless, policies
designed to strengthen community and institutional support for Latino immigrant families should be
considered in the context of current health care and immigration reform efforts. Another peer reviewed
paper entitled "Illegal immigrants and Domestic Employment" concludes that the common allegation
that illegal immigrants take jobs away from native-born workers is not factual. This is only true if onehalf of the illegal immigrants are employed but with the current situation, there's a two-third
composition of illegal immigrants who are employed in the agricultural sector and it actually increases
the number of unskilled employment. From this we could prove that illegal immigrants increases
productivity.

Roger McGrath, who is a historian and US Marine veteran from Ventura County, California,
argues that illegal immigrants does not only come to the United States to work but also associates illegal
immigrants with an increase in crime rates. He did not indicate an evidence for his claim which is a
reason to disregard most of his argument. In my opinion , if this is the case that a majority of population
comprise the area, this majority would end up doing most of the things anyway. McGrath also pointed
out that deportees return and most of the people in jail are illegal aliens. McGrath did not satisfy my
criteria and I do not agree because of some racist tone that he brings.

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On the contrary, Tom Barry contends that Illegal immigrants are not the cause of crime rate
increase but rather are less likely to commit crimes. He argues that these impressions are just
reactionary, fear-mongering exaggerations. He used a survey on what the opinions of Americans
believed that immigrants were casually related to more crime and resulted to an overwhelming 73%,
this data was from a survey conducted by the National Opinion Research Center for Immigration Studies
which proved one of Barry's points. Another source he used was a study made by a sociology professor
at the University of California at Irvine. Which showed that crime rates have declined, notably in cities
with large number of undocumented immigrants, incarceration rates for native-born men are higher
compared to immigrants. What I noticed was that Barry was a little unspecific of whether the study has
the domain of the legal immigrants or the illegal immigrants or both.
Illegal immigration is a relevant issue on border cities Leo W. Banks stated that illegal
immigration harms border communities he goes on to tell stories about the fear of living in a border
societies and how people would just get killed because they are near borders. Both sides of the border
feel fear because the border is usually where the crime happens and the border cities are just getting
involved. He details some stories that people are getting killed and getting robbed all over border cities
and appealed that Americans are not supposed to live in these conditions. Banks did not indicate much
facts but are purely his perspective. Radley Balko, who believes that immigrants does not harm border
communities but rather are very beneficial, cited that border cities specifically El Paso, Texas is really
low on crime rate. He maintains that border cities are among the best cities and immigrants, whether
documented or not, are very respectful and they improve countries they move to. He used reliable
statistics from the Government Accountability Office(GAO) and a study from Ruben Rambaut, a UC
Irvine professor in sociology to show that immigrants do not commit more crime than the native-born
Americans and that border towns remain welcoming and are good places to visit even if immigrants are

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really numerous at these places.

In conclusion, illegal immigrants provide benefits for the economy rather than threaten it.
Moreover, they do not deplete government-funded programs and their children will grow up to become
legal taxpaying Americans. They also use the money they earn to buy goods for their own consumption
which adds to the economy's overall profit. Lastly, the security of border cities are comparatively safe
and cases of killing and stealing are isolated cases which incidentally fall on border cities. Most
misconceptions are from the reasonable doubt of the US citizens have upon the illegal entrance the
illegal immigrants commit. Amnesty would be helpful to illegal immigrants who want to become legal
and live according to the law.

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Works Cited
"Are Latino Immigrants a Burden to Safety Net Services in Nontraditional Immigrant States? Lessons
From Oregon." EBSCO HOST. Web. 1 Nov. 2014.

Balko, Radley. "Illegal Immigration Does Not Harm Border Communities" Trans. Array Illegal
Immigration. David Hauser and Susan Musser. Farmington Hills: Greenhaven Press,
2011. Print.

Banks, Leo. "Illegal Immigration Harms Border Communities" Trans. Array Illegal
Immigration. David Hauser and Susan Musser. Farmington Hills: Greenhaven Press,
2011. Print.
Barry, Tom. "Illegal Immigration is Not Increasing Crime Rates" Trans. Array Illegal
Immigration. David Hauser and Susan Musser. Farmington Hills: Greenhaven Press,
2011. Print.
"Illegal Immigrants and Domestic Employment". EBSCO HOST. Web. 1 Nov. 2014.
"Is the Minimum Wage a Pull Factor for Immigrants"? EBSCO HOST. Web. 1 Nov. 2014.
McGrath, Roger. "Illegal Immigration is Increasing Crime Rates" Trans. Array Illegal
Immigration. David Hauser and Susan Musser. Farmington Hills: Greenhaven Press,
2011. Print.
"Opposing Viewpoints Collection" .David Hauser and Susan Musser. Farmington Hills: Greenhaven Press,
2011. Print.

Price, John. "Illegal Immigration Strengthens the American Economy." Trans. Array Illegal
Immigration. David Hauser and Susan Musser. Farmington Hills: Greenhaven Press,
2011. Print.

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Telzrow, Michael. "Illegal Immigration Threatens the American Economy." Trans. Array Illegal
Immigration. David Hauser and Susan Musser. Farmington Hills: Greenhaven Press,
2011. Print.

TUTOR COMMENTS:
Hello, CrisJordan! My name is Julia and Ive read through your paper about how illegal
immigrants help America.
Strengths:
I really enjoyed your paper. Your persuasive argument on illegal immigrants helping America
was quite interesting
and well developed. Good job!
Suggestions:
I have a few suggestions to help improve your writing skills.
Here, I would like to directly focus on your specific requests for feedback:
In regard to topic development, you should start with more clearly defining your thesis statement
in the first
paragraph. A thesis statement should outline all of your subtopics, acting as a roadmap that
shows your reader
exactly where you are taking them in your writing.
Be sure to stay focused in your paragraphs on the given subtopics; make sure to streamline
your sentences so
your thoughts can be clear and cohesive to the reader.
Your transitions throughout the paper are strong and coherent. No change necessary there.
Other things to work on would be grammar, word choice, in-text citations and subject/verb
agreement. Review the
guidelines for MLA citation and make sure to create a separate works cited page. You can
review guidelines for
MLA citation on the purdue online writing lab at owl.english.purdue.edu.
I have only indicated the first instance of each error, so you should read through the rest of your
paper to look for
any times that you might have repeated them. If you have any specific questions, or would like
clarification on any
of the points that Ive offered, please start a session with a live tutor for more one-on-one
direction.