Americans sometimes neglect to appreciate how good we truly have it in our country, The United States. “How often we fail to realize our good fortune in living in a country where happiness is more than a lack of tragedy.” (Paul Sweeney). Illegal immigrants try to cross the border into Texas everyday for a higher quality life. The border patrol covers all borders surrounding Mexico. If an illegal immigrant is caught trying to cross at any point, they will immediately be processed then deported back to Mexico. Immigrants should have to earn their citizenship before allowed into the United States therefore helping Americans with employment crisis.
President Obama wants illegal immigrants to pay penalties and pay taxes that in some sense they already do so. “As Reason Foundation Senior Analyst Shikha Dalmia has reported, in 2006 an estimated 8 million illegal immigrants-up to two thirds of the total-paid taxes, including both income taxes and Medicare and Social Security taxes.”  I don’t see how the government can track every alien that enters into the United States. I think these numbers are completely inaccurate. Essentially every immigrant pays taxes in the form of property tax; if they rent or own a home, the sale of any goods they buy. However is that really helping our economy? “But what’s wrong with granting amnesty to hard-working, tax paying individuals whose only crime is their immigration status?” Foreigners want to do the jobs most common jobs Americans don’t want to do, such as pick crops and clean houses. Illegal immigrants for the most part, are law-abiding people. Crossing the border without authorization is a misdemeanor, a small price to pay for a chance to start a new life in the United States. That’s why immigrants try again and again to sneak through the border to get here.
Comprehensive immigration reform represents a combination of, or compromise between, two approaches to illegal immigration: the law enforcement approach and the human rights approach. This is top priority for republican leaders in Congress and President Obama. 60 votes are still required to a pass the bill. Several Democratic Senators will face tough re-election bids in 2014. Many of these senators do not want passing a mass amnesty bill on their record so it will be unlikely for it to get through the Senate. “Of the estimated 11 to 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States, seven to eight million are thought to be holding a job”.  Congress needs to stop all illegal-alien amnesty proposals. There is about 22.7 million unemployed Americans as of right now who want to work, or are working a part time job because they cant find full employment. “We should not believe any lame excuses for rewarding illegal aliens with American Jobs.” If a mass amnesty bill is passed, those 22.7 million citizens will only have a tougher time finding a job. Allowing roughly 12 million illegal aliens to join the legal work force would only make the job market worse. Amnesty should not be allowed in the future for the better good of the country’s economy.
The United States is a country suffering from unemployment with almost 10 percent of people not having a job. That’s 1 in every 10 people you know currently without a job. That number is huge and needs to be taken serious. Many people will argue that immigrants will make our country more diverse and do the jobs many people don’t want to do, that it will allow more of us to afford cheaper services. Immigrants need to earn their citizenship instead of sneaking into the United States and taking jobs from hard working Americans.
 Ed Krayewski, “5 Reasons to Grant amnesty to Illegal Immigrants,” Reasons.com, February 7, 2013.
 Al Eisner, “Amnesty for illegal immigrants should not be allowed,” The Washington Times, January 12, 2013, Letters from Readers.