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"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled
masses yearning to breathe free"
wrote Emma Lazarus...
"We wanted a labor force, but human beings came."
The population of the US is about 300 million.
11-12 million undocumented/illegal immigrants/aliens are now living in the United States.
81% of illegal immigrants were from Latin America in 2005.
In 2003 the Department of Homeland Secuity 's Office of Detention and Removal had a strategic plan, ENDGAME, for 'removal' of all these 11-12 million folks by the year 2012.
Border with Mexico
There are 2,000 or so miles of border between the United States and Mexico.
Here is an article on the fence/wall between the US and Mexico.
There is a convincing argument that fence/walls along the US|Mexico border have actually made things worse.
Depending on who you listen to, "illegal aliens" either cost American tax payers $45 billion each year in education, prison and health costs, or "undocumented immigrants" are among the most productive net contributors to the national economy. Here is a little more.
"Many of the worst-off native-born Americans are hurt by immigration — especially immigration from Mexico." The most authoritative recent study of this effect, by George Borjas and Lawrence Katz of Harvard, estimates that U.S. high school dropouts would earn as much as 8 percent more if it weren't for Mexican immigration. -Paul Krugman
"Realistic estimates suggest that immigration since 1980 has raised the total income of native-born Americans by no more than a fraction of 1 percent." - Paul Krugman
"Immigration penalizes governments that act humanely. Immigrants are a much more serious fiscal problem in California than in Texas, which treats the poor and unlucky harshly, regardless of where they were born." - Krugman
The great majority of undocumented immigrant's children are Americans. - Indianapolis Star
383,000 babies a year, one in ten babies born in the USA, are children of illegal aliens - anti-immigration writer Frosty Wooldridge, and Dr. Steve Camarota, July, 2005, "Births to Immigrants in America, 1970-2002"
300,000 children a year, one in 14 children born in the USA, are children of illegal immigrants – source: 4138349 / 300000 = 14. (Figures are from slightly different years.)
Children of illegal aliens are called "anchor babies" by some because these U.S. citizen children can stay permanently and their citizenship is likely to prevent a parent's deportation, even at the end of any guest worker timeperiod.
The 14th amendment to the US Constitution says, in part, "Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."
Here is an argument that the US constitution does not convey "U.S. citizenship to foreign nationals’ children born in the United States". See particularly the "Reasonable legislation to enforce the Citizenship Clause".
In August 2005 40% of all Mexican adults would move to the US if they could. - Pew Hispanic Center.
By March 2013 this had changed to 5-6%!
Worldwide Map: who wants to move to the U.S.- -Washington Post, March 22, 2013.
Currently, living in the US undocumented (no visa, green card, etc) is a violation of civil immigration law, not criminal law.
This page assembled by: Frederick N. Chase