Deportation of Illegal Immigrants Kyla Kospiah period 7

In the United States, there are more than eleven thousand undocumented immigrants living their daily lives just as U.S. citizens would live. However, these immigrants have to face everyday challenges that many United States citizens and legal immigrants do not. Many of these immigrants fear deportation and have to surreptitiously sneak around just to hide their illegality from the government and police. If they are caught, these unregistered immigrants will most likely be deported. Therefore, illegal immigrants who have been in the United States for a while should be given the choice of becoming a U.S. citizen before being deported.

It is understandable that many citizens of the United States think that all of the eleven thousand undocumented immigrants are criminals and should be deported. All of the news stories shown on popular news networks, local and national, show instances where illegal immigrants are caught for committing crimes or felonies. For example, there was an occurrence where an undocumented female immigrant was charged with the homicide of her mother in a crash which was covered by CBS News. However, many of these news stations do not tell of the kind actions that are made by many illegal immigrants. As disclosed in a news report by NBC News in August of 2011, an undocumented immigrant chased down an alleged child abductor and saved a 6-year-old girl from a terrible fate yet-to-come. Although the negative side of many felonious cases involving illegal aliens are shown on various news networks, many more undocumented immigrants bring more rectitude to the United States than corruption.

Despite the fact that many people and U.S. citizens believe that illegal immigrants only bring crime and felonies, many of these undocumented immigrants bring much more good for this country than bad. For instance, immigration drastically aids the United States’ economy. CMS researchers concluded that almost 2.4 million mortgages are held by undocumented immigrants. This means, if these immigrants were removed from this country, the housing market would suffer with a loss of over a trillion dollars deducted from mortgages. Also, if these immigrants were deported, the country’s GDP would have to tolerate a loss of over 4.7 trillion dollars in a decade. However, if these immigrants were allowed the opportunity to become legal residents of the U.S. before immediately being removed, the United States’ economy and welfare may be able to be revitalized. Undocumented immigrants becoming legal citizens can help the U.S. GDP grow by 1.4 trillion dollars every ten years, and the 2.4 million mortgages held by these immigrants will not be diminished, causing less worries for the housing market. Not to mention, these illegal immigrants that become citizens will have to legally pay taxes and bills which will make a large impact on tax revenues causing them to drastically rise. This legalization of undocumented immigrants will not only help the economy but it will give the United States a better appearance to other countries and their people.

It is asked by many news networks and government officials, “Why have the illegal immigrants who have been in the United States for a while not yet try to become a legal citizen? Knowing they are here illegally, why haven’t these illegal immigrants apply for a green card or a visa?” These questions are wondered by many U.S. citizens and government officials, not only throughout the United States but many other countries as well. Countless numbers of undocumented immigrants are fearful of being deported if they tried to obtain any form of recognition as a citizen of the United States. As well as being petrified by the consequences that can come of them by applying for residential recognition, there are only 140,000 green cards given out annually to immigrant workers--and, of those, only 5,000 are given to immigrants whose jobs do not require a college degree. However, many immigrants cannot wait for these opportunities to obtain green cards or visas due to economic problems in their home country or the safety in their country may be plummeting. Although many illegal immigrants want to become legal U.S. citizens, countless numbers of people cannot do this due to major problems in today’s society.

Many unregistered immigrants who have been in the United States for a while have learned how to live their lives as many U.S. citizens would. This includes starting to develop and grow their families. In fact, almost seven million United States born citizens share a household with at least one illegal immigrant. Out of these seven million citizens, 70% are under the age of 18. If these immigrants that lived with these U.S. born citizens were deported, the median household income would be cut in half. This means that the income would drop from $41,300 dollars to at least $22,000 dollars which is not nearly enough to support one family. To tear apart families does not only ruin their financial state, but ruins the bond only a family can understand.

Everyday eleven million undocumented immigrants of the United States encounter daily struggles that no U.S. citizens have to deal with. These immigrants have to deal with the fright of being deported or not being able to live in the United States as a normal citizen would due to communication and economic problems. Sneaking around government officials and police can be very dangerous, but millions of undocumented immigrants risk their lives in the United States to have the freedoms that many Americans and U.S. citizens possess. All in all, undocumented immigrants who have unlawfully resided in the United States for a while should have the option of becoming a U.S. citizen with minimal difficulty before being deported.

Stepping onto fresh dirt;

Is this freedom?

Many rights are granted;

Is this freedom?

They treat me well,

As if I was one of them.

Is this freedom?

I can walk.

Up and down,

Left and right.

No one stops me.

Is this freedom?

I am coming home from work

A policeman stops me,

Asks me for identification.

Is this freedom?

I ask why.

Crime has not been committed.

He repeats, “Give me your I.D.”

Is this freedom?

I have no identification.

I am illegal.

He handcuffs me.

Is this freedom?

Scared is what I am.

The next moment,

I realize where I am.

I am being deported.

For what I do not know.

Is this freedom?

“Mama, where are we going?”

“We are going to a safe place, sweetheart.”

I am scared, but I trust my mom. She is the best mama I could ever have. As the boat violently rocks, Mama takes me into her arms and soothes me. I soon fall asleep in my mama’s arms. While I am asleep, I dream of the “safe place”. I picture Mama and me in a nice house with a bed and warm covers to sleep. There is food on the table and clean clothes in my drawers. Mama hands me a new toy.

“Thank you, Mama!” I say.

Soon, I am woken up by a sudden halt of the boat. There are many big men in black outfits that say “ICE POLICE”. What is going on?

One of the men turns toward Mama and I and says, “Excuse me mam, but if you did not know, you are entering the United States illegally. We will take your daughter, but you will not join along.”

Once the scary man finished, he ripped me out of my Mama’s arms. I tried to move, but his grip was too strong. I cranked my neck to look at Mama. She was in tears.

“Mama! Help me, Mama!” I yell.

“It’s okay, Dear. Be strong,” Mama shouts as the man takes me away. “Mama loves you!”

Tears fall from my eyes and drip down my cheeks.

I cannot see Mama anymore, but I whisper, “I-I love you too, Mama.”

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