The Effects of Illegal Immigration on Families

by Max Condor

Illegal Immigrants that have been living in the U.S. with a family legally residing shouldn’t be deported because of the negative impact on the kids. There have been many deportations of illegal immigrants with legal families and its caused a lot of children to get separated from their loved ones. People from other places move to America for many reasons: trying to escape a place that’s full of violence, and giving their children more opportunities, are two examples.

 Over the decades, the U.S government has been trying to improve the security of the borders due to many illegals that have found a way to cross it and avoid the security. Undocumented people cross the border today and are caught by the immigration police.

Tijuana is right next to the border that separates it from the U.S. A lot of people tend to cross over those boundaries at that location. The whole city has become corrupt because of the increase in crime rate due to drug cartels. Cocho, an undocumented immigrant who has lived in Tijuana for two years explains how difficult  it is to live in a place that is politically unstable. Before he was deported, he and his family had a home where they lived a good life, but since he was deported, he is no longer able to  spend time with those loved ones.

The Budget of the United States also plays a part on the enforcement of illegal immigration. Money is used to improve the security of the borders between the U.S. and Mexico and increase Mexico’s economy.  Undocumented workers have a very low income and benefit from the contribution made by the U.S.

Undocumented immigrants with legal families residing in the United States contribute to America  and should be granted legal status. Illegal immigrants residing in the U.S. pay income and sale taxes but they don’t get the same benefits as others who are documented. Illegal immigrants who are married to an american citizen are capable of obtaining a green card, so it makes no sense that they are granted citizenship  faster than those who aren’t married to legal citizens.

Barack Obama ,the 44th president of the United States,recently had a speech about the immigration reform. He explains how the first idea that would help illegal immigrants become citizens would be for them to pay a fine and taxes. Although the fines and taxes would benefit the U.S., the republican party denied the bill. He later went on explaining a new plan that would help illegal immigrants with families legally  residing in America for 5 years. Obama stated that if they turned themselves in and stayed temporarily they’d avoid being deported. This gives people the chance to not be afraid to walk outside without getting deported and also the chance to find a job. Obama did say that Illegal immigrants that turned themselves in but have a criminal record, will be deported.


The united states should be granting legal status to those that contribute to the united states. Those who are working and have families that are legally residing should have the opportunity to become legal citizens. It will benefit their safety, and financial stability in their households, while also benefiting our economy with more taxpayers.

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