What Are the Solutions to Illegal Immigration in America?
Illegal Immigration
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.

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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.


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Notices for Illegal Immigration and Other ProCon.org Information (archived after 30 days)
Unaccompanied Immigrant Children
2/12/2016 - Between Oct. 2010 and Sep. 2015, the US Border Patrol apprehended 206,669 unaccompanied immigrant children crossing into the United States. Over 92% of the children were from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. About 72% of the children were male, and approximately 72% were 15 to 17 years old.

12 States (and DC) That Allow Driver's Licenses for People in the Country Illegally
2/3/2016 - Hawaii's law went into effect on Jan. 1, 2016, adding the state to a list of twelve (plus DC) that issue driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants.

UPDATED: Immigration Timeline
1/25/2016 – Read the history of legal and illegal immigration to the United States from colonial immigration in 1607 to the latest executive actions on immigration by President Obama. Our timeline also includes the 1790 Alien Naturalization Act, which was the first set of rules for granting US citizenship, and the 2006 Secure Fence Act, which authorized the construction of a physical border along the southern border with Mexico.

UPDATED - Illegal Immigration, Population Estimates in the United States, 1969-2014
1/25/2016 - Decades of increasing numbers of undocumented immigrants in the United States peaked with an all-time high of 11.78 million in 2007 (3.9% of the US population). The latest data show that the number of immigrants in the country illegally has decreased in the last seven years to a 2014 rate of 11.3 million (3.5% of the US population).

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What Are the Solutions to Illegal Immigration in America?



Illegal Immigration
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.

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)
Unaccompanied Immigrant Children
2/12/2016 - Between Oct. 2010 and Sep. 2015, the US Border Patrol apprehended 206,669 unaccompanied immigrant children crossing into the United States. Over 92% of the children were from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. About 72% of the children were male, and approximately 72% were 15 to 17 years old.

12 States (and DC) That Allow Driver's Licenses for People in the Country Illegally
2/3/2016 - Hawaii's law went into effect on Jan. 1, 2016, adding the state to a list of twelve (plus DC) that issue driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants.

UPDATED: Immigration Timeline
1/25/2016 – Read the history of legal and illegal immigration to the United States from colonial immigration in 1607 to the latest executive actions on immigration by President Obama. Our timeline also includes the 1790 Alien Naturalization Act, which was the first set of rules for granting US citizenship, and the 2006 Secure Fence Act, which authorized the construction of a physical border along the southern border with Mexico.

UPDATED - Illegal Immigration, Population Estimates in the United States, 1969-2014
1/25/2016 - Decades of increasing numbers of undocumented immigrants in the United States peaked with an all-time high of 11.78 million in 2007 (3.9% of the US population). The latest data show that the number of immigrants in the country illegally has decreased in the last seven years to a 2014 rate of 11.3 million (3.5% of the US population).

Governments That Have Used ProCon.org
1/22/2016 - ProCon.org has been referenced by 24 international governments (includes inter-governmental organizations, dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty), 22 US federal entities, and 33 US state governments.

Educators in 7,026 schools have used ProCon.org
1/20/2016  - Our free resources have been used by teachers, librarians, and administrators in all 50 US states and 85 countries. The breakdown is 2,072 elementary and middle schools (29.5%), 3,478 high schools (49.5%), and 1,476 colleges and universities (21.0%). A big thank you to educators around the world for helping us spread the word about critical thinking!


Archived Notices (archived after 30 days)

 


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