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Debate: Immigration in the United States

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Does immigration have a net positive effect on the United States?


Background and Context of Debate:

This debate considers both legal and illegal immigration to the United States.

Immigration has shaped life in the United States since its beginning. As of 2006, the United States accepts more legal immigrants as permanent residents than all other countries in the world combined. The economic, social, and political aspects of immigration have caused controversy regarding ethnicity, economic benefits, jobs for non-immigrants, settlement patterns, impact on upward social mobility, crime, and voting behavior.

The illegal immigrant population of the United States in 2008 was estimated by the Center for Immigration Studies to be about 11 million people. The USA population in 2009 was 307,006,55 (Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division). This results in 3.58 illegal immigrants per every 100 citizens.

For more information, see the Wikipedia article on immigration. [1]

Is immigration good for the economy?


According to James Smith, a senior economist at Santa Monica-based RAND Corporation and lead author of the United States National Research Council's study "The New Americans: Economic, Demographic, and Fiscal Effects of Immigration", immigrants contribute as much as $10 billion to the U.S. economy each year.


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Does immigration lead to increased crime?


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Can the USA assimilate more than 11 million illegal immigrants?


  • 3.5 people out of 100 in our country are illegal immigrants. This is too much.


  • 3.5 people out of 100 in our country are illegal immigrants. This is not too much.

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