(RepublicanNews.org) – Illegal immigration isn’t getting much attention these days, thanks to COVID-19. However, it’s still a serious threat to the security of the United States and the prosperity of its people.
The issue is often an emotional subject wrapped in humanitarian issues. Unfortunately, ignoring the complications has created a destructive environment where everyone loses, including the illegal immigrants.
The challenges the issue poses are enormous. Human and drug trafficking, sexual exploitation, sanctuary cities, crime, and economic costs are the most pressing issues.
For much of the 20th century, immigrants came from far away lands for the sole purpose of assimilating and becoming Americans. They worked hard and contributed to the prosperity of their communities. Today, instead of assimilating into society, the opposite is happening among the growing illegal immigrant community, and the consequences are dire.
The Consequences of Illegal Immigration
It’s difficult to know exactly how many illegal immigrants are in the United States. In 2014, the Pew Research Center estimated there were 11.1 million. Today, estimates suggest between 11 and 12 million.
For decades, illegal immigration activists have said people are coming to the US for work, and are taking jobs Americans don’t want. Regardless of if that’s true or not, it doesn’t justify breaking the law. It’s not usually one law that’s broken or one consequence related to illegal immigration.
Human Trafficking is a form of modern slavery where traffickers profit from forced labor and commercial sex. In 2019, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reported 1,024 investigations into these horrific crimes. Additionally, there were 2,197 arrests as well as 1,113 indictments, and 691 convictions.
Illegal Drug Smuggling
Illegal drug trafficking into the United States is a $10 trillion industry. Mexican drug cartels are known to recruit Mexicans and Central Americans who want to come to the US. While the overwhelming majority of illegal immigrants in the United States are not involved in drug trafficking, thousands of them are.
Over the last decade, some of America’s largest cities have declared themselves to be “sanctuary cities.” These cities refuse to cooperate with federal officials when an illegal immigrant commits a crime. Sanctuary cities put their residents and law enforcement personnel at unnecessary risk. In 2019, ICE issued 165,500 detainers of unlawful immigrant criminals. However, sanctuary cities declined to cooperate in 16,400 cases. Many of these criminals remain at large.
The Financial Toll
According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform, each illegal immigrant is using between $4,000 and $6,500 in taxpayer-funded service annually in the 10 smallest states by the immigration population. The staggering cost was $454 million. However, the price goes beyond that… illegal immigration drives down wages and decreases employment opportunities for lower-skilled workers.
The impact is far and wide. It’s destructive to illegal immigrants, US residents, and the government. The only resolution to the crisis is for voters to elect people to Congress who care about the issue and are willing to fix the problems.
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