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The argument as to whether illegal immigrants in the United States of America should continue receiving social services such as food, welfare medical care and even financial aid for schools has been ongoing for such a long period and no one seems to agree with the other.
Most of the Americans argue that the illegal immigrants are lazy and form gangs while those who are active are taking jobs that in the past belonged to the Americans. On my side, I would propose that the support of the illegal immigrants continue based on the following simple facts.
Advantages of Illegal Aliens to the United States of America
Illegal immigrants as long as they are living within the United States of America contribute to the Gross Domestic Product of the country since they purchase goods and services produced within.
When the factories and other firms in the US produce goods and services, these commonly hated illegal immigrants do not import the goods and services from their mother countries rather they buy the goods and services produced in the United States of America. On the other hand, even if they imported the goods and services to the United States of America, it would still lead to the country gaining more from foreign direct investments (Hanson 19).
A common belief among the critics who argue against the provision of the said goods and services to the illegal immigrants is that they do not pay taxes and that they therefore put strains on the American social services. These all are lies as it is a well known fact that most of the illegal immigrants do not qualify for government aid and they do pay taxes (Anon 5). The truth of the matter is that the illegal aliens do contribute to the taxation system though they may not be directly registered under the tax programs existing in the country.
For example illegal aliens contribute taxes through the Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) which is usually a special number provided to those who are not in possession of the social security numbers but wants to file for taxes since it is a basic requirement. These illegal aliens also pay taxes whenever they buy goods and services on offer in the United States of America just like other normal citizens does whenever they purchase goods (Tristam 5).
Most of the Americans cannot perform any sort of jobs on offer, especially if the wages are low. While most Americans are in desperate need of better paying jobs they cannot offer their services cheaply thus it is only through illegal aliens that most of the US companies are able to access cheap and less costly labor.
When US companies are able to access cheap labor from the aliens, the costs of production are reduced and as a result most of the US companies are able to gain huge profits compared to what they would have made if they had employed the legal American citizens. As a result, illegal aliens contribute to the taxes indirectly or even through reversal linkages where the company pays for corporate taxes on profits (Garibaldi 13).
Most Americans argue that children of illegal immigrants enjoy free public schools and to many this is considered as a cost of illegal immigration. However, instead of seeing the costs what many critics fail to observe is that it would be dangerous and even unproductive to have the large population of youth out of school as fate would force them seek ways of survival with criminal activities being the only left choice.
These critics would be the first to be attacked by the formed gangs and start complaining to the authorities that the illiterate children of the illegal migrants should be taken to school instead and thus my continued support stands as to why the government should carry on providing these services to illegal aliens.
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Garibaldi, Mario. “Illegal Immigration: Pros & Cons.” Searchwarp, 2006. Web.
Hanson, Gordon. “The Economic Logic of Illegal Immigration.” Cfr, 2007. 26 Mar. 2011. https://www.cfr.org/report/economic-logic-illegal-immigration
Tristam, Pierre. “Illegal Immigrants And Benefits: Undocumented Aliens Do Not Overburden Government Programs.” Suite101, 2008. Web.