Last week, I examined whether the wall was logical and some positives of illegal immigration. Now, we’ll look at the negative impacts it can and does have.
In the last article, “To Wall or Not to Wall,” I mentioned that immigrants are more likely to take the jobs that most Americans won’t. The flip side to this is said low end jobs are also the jobs low-income/low-skilled Americans take, specifically teens and young adults.
A 2010 study by the Chicago Urban League and the Alternative Schools Network showed the effects of illegal immigration on these low-skill jobs.
“During the course of the 2007-2009 recession, the employment rate of the nation’s teen[s] feel steeply to 26.2% by October-November 2009, setting new record lows each year. No other age group has experienced employment declines of this magnitude in the current recession. Young adults 20-24 years old in both Illinois and the nation also have been adversely affected by the deterioration in labor market developments in the state and nation in recent years, especially men, Blacks and Hispanics, and non-college graduates,” Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Rep. Gary Miller (R-Calif.) said in a statement about the study.
Another problem is security. The United States spends $7 billion a year on border control (guards, vehicles, inspectors, drones, etc). While illegal border crossings have dropped from 1,676,440 (2000) to 337,117 (2015), that’s still quite a bit of illegal aliens getting through $7 billion worth of security filters.
Lastly, there’s the problem with government benefits. Yes, illegal immigrants aren’t entitled to most government benefits such as Social Security, welfare, or food stamps. However, just because they can’t legally obtain them, doesn’t mean they don’t still apply (and sometimes still receive them). Also, their children are U.S. citizens (if born here, obviously) and can receive government benefits for the family once they’re old enough.
Let’s be real: on the grand scheme of things, it’s difficult to determine if illegal immigration is wholly beneficial or harmful to the United States because there are so many variables to consider. However, it’s very clear how important it is to remain objective on critical issues such as these and analyze both sides to every argument.
If you’d like to see my other article examining the pros of this issue, here’s the link.