Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?
Illegal Immigration
With over 11 million immigrants in the United States illegally, the issue of illegal immigration continues to divide Americans.

Some people say that illegal immigration benefits the US economy through additional tax revenue, expansion of the low-cost labor pool, and increased money in circulation. They contend that immigrants bring good values, have motivations consistent with the American dream, perform jobs that Americans won’t take, and that opposition to immigration stems from racism.

Opponents of illegal immigration say that people who break the law by crossing the US border without proper documentation or by overstaying their visas should be deported and not rewarded with a path to citizenship and access to social services. They argue that people in the country illegally are criminals and social and economic burdens to law-abiding, tax-paying Americans.

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With over 11 million immigrants in the United States illegally (as of 2012), the issue of illegal immigration continues to divide Americans.

Some people say that illegal immigration benefits the US economy through additional tax revenue, expansion of the low-cost labor pool, and increased money in circulation. They contend that immigrants bring good values, have motivations consistent with the American dream, perform jobs that Americans won’t take, and that opposition to immigration stems from racism.

Opponents of illegal immigration say that people who break the law by crossing the US border without proper documentation or by overstaying their visas should be deported and not rewarded with a path to citizenship and access to social services. They argue that people in the country illegally are criminals and social and economic burdens to law-abiding, tax-paying Americans.


Immigration ProCon.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit website that presents research, studies, and pro and con statements on questions related to illegal immigration in the United States. We use "illegal immigration" to refer to the act of immigrating illegally. We refer to people who have entered the United States without proper legal documentation and who are deportable if apprehended, and people who have entered the United States legally but who have fallen "out of status" and are also deportable as "people who are in the United States illegally," "people who have immigrated illegally," or "people in the country illegally." Read more about the terminology here.


 

Immigration ProCon.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit website that presents research, studies, and pro and con statements on questions related to illegal immigration in the United States. We use "illegal immigration" to refer to the act of immigrating illegally. We refer to people who have entered the United States without proper legal documentation and who are deportable if apprehended, and people who have entered the United States legally but who have fallen "out of status" and are also deportable as "people who are in the United States illegally," "people who have immigrated illegally," or "people in the country illegally." Read more about the terminology here.


Pros & Cons by Category
CORE QUESTION
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Immigration Quotas
Cuban Refugees
Economic Impact
Immigrants' Rights and Access to Services
Taxes
Labor Market - American Workers and Employers
Amnesty and Legalization Debate
Deportation Debate
Borders
Federal Immigration Law Enforcement
State and Local Law Enforcement
Crime
Terrorism
National Identification Card
Notices for Illegal Immigration and Other ProCon.org Information (archived after 30 days)
Supreme Court Deadlocked in 4-4 Vote on Challenge to Obama's Immigration Executive Actions
6/23/2016 - Supreme Court Deadlocked in 4-4 Vote on Challenge to Obama's Immigration Executive Actions - Obama's Deferred Action for Parents of American and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) will remain on hold.

Educators in 7,762 Schools Have Used ProCon.org
6/14/2016 - Our free resources have been used by teachers, librarians, and administrators in all 50 US states and 87 countries. The breakdown is 2,282 elementary and middle schools (29.4%), 3,818 high schools (49.2%), and 1,662 colleges and universities (21.4%). Thank you to educators around the world for using ProCon.org to help your students to better understand issues and perspectives, and to develop their own informed opinions and voices.

Should the Term "Illegal Alien" Be Used to Define Persons in Violation of Immigration Law?
6/2/2016 - The Library of Congress (con) and US Representative Diane Black (pro) have revived the debate that features the opinions of organizations like the Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform (pro) and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (con), among other organizations and individuals.

Does Illegal Immigration Pose a Terrorist Threat?
6/2/2016 - Explore both sides of this debate including quotes from James A. Lyons, Retired Admiral and Former Commander in Chief of the US Pacific Fleet (pro), and Paul F. deLespinasse, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Adrian College (con), among others.

Should States Issue Driver's Licenses to Immigrants in the United States Illegally
6/2/2016 - 12 states and DC allow immigrants in the country illegally to obtain driver's licenses. Read the pro and con opinions on this topic from experts, organizations including the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice (pro) and the Federation for American Immigration Reform (con), and others such as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (con) and Governor of Connecticut Dannel Malloy (pro).

Should the United States Continue to Build a Fence or Wall along the US/Mexico Border?
6/2/2016 - The 2016 presidential campaign reignited this debate with Donald Trump calling for continued wall-building, while Felipe Calderón, 56th Mexican President, opposes the idea. Find these and other arguments in this debate from journalists, politicians, and organizations.

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Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?



Illegal Immigration
With over 11 million immigrants in the United States illegally, the issue of illegal immigration continues to divide Americans.

Some people say that illegal immigration benefits the US economy through additional tax revenue, expansion of the low-cost labor pool, and increased money in circulation. They contend that immigrants bring good values, have motivations consistent with the American dream, perform jobs that Americans won’t take, and that opposition to immigration stems from racism.

Opponents of illegal immigration say that people who break the law by crossing the US border without proper documentation or by overstaying their visas should be deported and not rewarded with a path to citizenship and access to social services. They argue that people in the country illegally are criminals and social and economic burdens to law-abiding, tax-paying Americans.

Core Question
Top 10 Pros & Cons
Did You Know?
Historical Timeline
Comments

With over 11 million immigrants in the United States illegally (as of 2012), the issue of illegal immigration continues to divide Americans.

Some people say that illegal immigration benefits the US economy through additional tax revenue, expansion of the low-cost labor pool, and increased money in circulation. They contend that immigrants bring good values, have motivations consistent with the American dream, perform jobs that Americans won’t take, and that opposition to immigration stems from racism.

Opponents of illegal immigration say that people who break the law by crossing the US border without proper documentation or by overstaying their visas should be deported and not rewarded with a path to citizenship and access to social services. They argue that people in the country illegally are criminals and social and economic burdens to law-abiding, tax-paying Americans.


Immigration ProCon.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit website that presents research, studies, and pro and con statements on questions related to illegal immigration in the United States. We use "illegal immigration" to refer to the act of immigrating illegally. We refer to people who have entered the United States without proper legal documentation and who are deportable if apprehended, and people who have entered the United States legally but who have fallen "out of status" and are also deportable as "people who are in the United States illegally," "people who have immigrated illegally," or "people in the country illegally." Read more about the terminology here.


 

Immigration ProCon.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit website that presents research, studies, and pro and con statements on questions related to illegal immigration in the United States. We use "illegal immigration" to refer to the act of immigrating illegally. We refer to people who have entered the United States without proper legal documentation and who are deportable if apprehended, and people who have entered the United States legally but who have fallen "out of status" and are also deportable as "people who are in the United States illegally," "people who have immigrated illegally," or "people in the country illegally." Read more about the terminology here.


Pros & Cons by Category
CORE QUESTION
Definitions
Immigration Quotas
Cuban Refugees
Economic Impact
Immigrants' Rights and Access to Services
Taxes
Labor Market - American Workers and Employers
Amnesty and Legalization Debate
Deportation Debate
Borders
Federal Immigration Law Enforcement
State and Local Law Enforcement
Crime
Terrorism
National Identification Card
Notices for Illegal Immigration and Other ProCon.org Information (archived after 30 days)
Supreme Court Deadlocked in 4-4 Vote on Challenge to Obama's Immigration Executive Actions
6/23/2016 - Supreme Court Deadlocked in 4-4 Vote on Challenge to Obama's Immigration Executive Actions - Obama's Deferred Action for Parents of American and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) will remain on hold.

Educators in 7,762 Schools Have Used ProCon.org
6/14/2016 - Our free resources have been used by teachers, librarians, and administrators in all 50 US states and 87 countries. The breakdown is 2,282 elementary and middle schools (29.4%), 3,818 high schools (49.2%), and 1,662 colleges and universities (21.4%). Thank you to educators around the world for using ProCon.org to help your students to better understand issues and perspectives, and to develop their own informed opinions and voices.

Should the Term "Illegal Alien" Be Used to Define Persons in Violation of Immigration Law?
6/2/2016 - The Library of Congress (con) and US Representative Diane Black (pro) have revived the debate that features the opinions of organizations like the Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform (pro) and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (con), among other organizations and individuals.

Does Illegal Immigration Pose a Terrorist Threat?
6/2/2016 - Explore both sides of this debate including quotes from James A. Lyons, Retired Admiral and Former Commander in Chief of the US Pacific Fleet (pro), and Paul F. deLespinasse, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Adrian College (con), among others.

Should States Issue Driver's Licenses to Immigrants in the United States Illegally
6/2/2016 - 12 states and DC allow immigrants in the country illegally to obtain driver's licenses. Read the pro and con opinions on this topic from experts, organizations including the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice (pro) and the Federation for American Immigration Reform (con), and others such as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (con) and Governor of Connecticut Dannel Malloy (pro).

Should the United States Continue to Build a Fence or Wall along the US/Mexico Border?
6/2/2016 - The 2016 presidential campaign reignited this debate with Donald Trump calling for continued wall-building, while Felipe Calderón, 56th Mexican President, opposes the idea. Find these and other arguments in this debate from journalists, politicians, and organizations.


Archived Notices (archived after 30 days)

 


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