Immigration and Border Patrol

Heather Foley

Steven Alvarez

Mexington, KY

4th February 2014

                                    Immigration, and Border Patrol

            In the United States the total number of undocumented immigrants is unknown. In 2012 U.S immigration and Customs Enforcement deported, or removed, 409,849 undocumented immigrants from the U.S (CNN).  This number is astonishing. The United States is considered a country of opportunity, but does it really hold many opportunities for undocumented immigrants? The answer is no, but the real question is should it hold opportunities for undocumented immigrants?

            Many immigrants come to the United States in order to work and send money back to their family in their respective countries. It is considered their version of the American dream. If there is an abundance of immigrants doing this, then they should be allowed to get a visa that would allow them to come here and work without the fear of persecution. In 2011, over 59% of the immigrants in the United States had migrated from Mexico (CNN). Allowing these immigrants to work would cause a boost in the Mexican economy. Boosting Mexico’s economy would cause a decrease in Mexican immigration to the U.S. This is because the immigrants would no longer have to leave their country to be able to make enough money to support their families.

            Another reason why boosting the Mexican economy would be good is because it would allow the Mexican people to have access to materials and resources that would allow them to have a better sustainable lifestyle. Which would lower the amount of undocumented immigrants coming to the U.S by a significant amount. These factors would allow the U.S. to focus on more prominent issues in our own society.

             Another issue in today’s society that is related to immigration is border patrol. In the next five years the U.S will spend $4.5 billion dollars on the border patrol program (ProPublica). I believe this is a waste of money. That $4.5 billion could go towards building schools that are multilingual, or even bilingual which would help the children of immigrants who do not know how to read, write, or really speak English, This is important because those children did not have a choice in coming to America. Many of them were born in the U.S to parents that came here to make a better life. These children should not be punished for something that they had no control in. Many children are very small if they cross the border with their parents, they just do what they’re told, as to please their parents.

            One other thing that the money currently being used to fund the border patrol could be used on is the national debt. The current debt amount is $17.2 trillion dollars (just facts). The 4.5 billion dollars could be paid to some of the countries that we have borrowed money from, which could allow our own economy to boost. An economic boost would allow more people to buy product which could lead to a long term economic stimulation that could potentially rid the country of debt after some time.  

            In conclusion, Immigrants that want to come to the United States just long enough to be able to support their families, and to make a better life for themselves back in Mexico should be allowed to come to the United States with temporary visas. This will lower the overall immigration rate. The Border patrol is a waste of the government’s money, and that money should be used to not only help better our economy, but also the economies of place where the most immigrants are coming from.


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Just Facts:




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