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Should illegal immigrants be tolerated, or should they be deported?

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"Illegal immigration to the United States refers to the act of foreign nationals violating U.S. immigration policies and national laws by entering or remaining in the United States without proper permission from the United States government." -(Wikipedia)

Illegal Immigration in America is a a very big and a very dangerous problem, but sadly it is only growing. There are an estimated twenty million illegal aliens in America and the numbers are increasing. With a large scale drug war going on in Mexico, it is a rough environment for citizens to make a living and support their families, However the large number of undocumented illegal aliens in America is causing many problems. Because of this, the question of what we should do with all of these immigrants is a common discussion. Some advocate deportation, but this would be an overwhelming task considering the numbers. Others suggest setting them up ahead of the waiting line to become citizens, but this is unfair to the large amount of immigrants who have already been waiting for a long time to become citizens.

Although illegal immigration has its advantages for those coming into this country, it has many dangers and it must be fixed, Immigrants who want to come to this country should have to become legal citizens and abide by the laws and requirements of this country. Having open borders is a great threat to the security of this country and changes must be made.

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Is Mass Deportation a Realistic Option?

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Rounding up all of the Illegal Immigrants in America and deporting them at once sounds unrealistic, however Immigrants could be Deported in smaller groups over a longer period of time.

Operation Wetback was very successful in the removal of nearly one million illegal immigrants from the United States in 1954.

The right to free movement only applies within borders. These rights are granted by the Constitution, so can only apply within the confines of those national, sovereign borders.


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It is not realistic to expect to be able to deport illegal immigrants in mass. To send 12 million illegal immigrants abroad by plane would require about 30,000 flights. To deport that many people by bus would be cheaper, but would still require 240,000 bus loads. This is without considering the fact that Illegal immigrants came from places other than Mexico.

Mass deportation would be very expensive. The deportation of all illegal immigrants could cost American taxpayers up to $200 billion

Freedom of movement is an unalienable human right. Whether written in the Constitution or not, the freedom of movement is an unalienable human right that must be protected at all costs.


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Is allowing Illegal immigration safe?

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Yes, Illegal immigrants are often coming from a less fortunate or safe situation or environment, seeking a better life and/or money to support their family.


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In general, the absence of the enforcement of immigration laws creates a sense of anarchy and a certain feeling among criminals that they can commit crimes without concern for punishment.

The ability to slip into this country unknown opens many doors for terrorists and drug lords

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Was the Arizona Immigration Bill a good step?

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Pro

Arizona's immigration law helps deter illegal immigration. "Arizona immigration law is sound, needed." Watertown Daily Times. May 6th, 2010: "such proactive enforcement has a continuing deterrent effect, as violators realize they cannot indefinitely avoid law enforcement contact."


Arizona law constitutional; no stops w/o other offense. "The law is clearly within the boundaries of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. It doesn't allow officers to contact people on basis of race. They have to break another crime or violate another statute to even be contacted."


Government protection is a constitutional right.


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Con

Arizona immigration law forces citizens to carry papers. Alessandra Soler Meetze, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Arizona: “If this law were implemented, citizens would effectively have to carry ‘their papers’ at all times to avoid arrest. It is a low point in modern America when a state law requires police to demand documents from people on the street.”




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