Illegal immigration is an issue that has been around for years, but never has it had such an impact on American society. In recent years, record numbers of illegal immigrants, most specifically those from Mexico, have entered the United States and stayed here for good. These undocumented immigrants have their reasons for settling in states such as California and Texas, but do those reasons outweigh the impact they have on our economy, education system, and healthcare? These three areas are already an issue within our institution of legal citizens, nonetheless there are an estimated 8-12 million illegal immigrants in the United States in December 2013 (Current Numbers)
Going further, being that California and Texas harbor the vast majority of illegal immigrants, the people in these states take huge issue with the situation. Poor people, for example, fear that the refugees pouring in by the millions the past couple years will take jobs, increase demands on cheap housing, and decrease welfare that they themselves are currently receiving (Eitzen 61). Along those same lines, education and other public agencies do not have the financial stability to keep up with all of these people. Keep in mind we are dealing with people who technically aren�t supposed to be in America and speak minimal English. The communication barrier with illegal immigrants is often a problem, whether they are Mexican or Asian.
Of the many states that have a high population of Mexicans, no state has a bigger issue than one of Mexico�s neighbors, California. Well over half of the Illegal Mexican population originates in California. The Sunshine state holds nearly half of the U.S. Latino population. By 2025, the population of Latinos is expected to surpass that of Whites, a fact that Whites would have trouble dealing with (Eitzen 207). Whites have always been a majority, especially in California, and have always held power in America. With these expectations, an increasing diversity can bring rise to conflict between the two groups. Race will no longer be a Black-and-White issue and further in the future we can expect that Whites will be considered a minority. This change in demographics would inevitably affect the political and social structure of America, while schools and the workplace will also be affected.
Going back to the immediate impact today, American citizens criticize the immigration of undocumented Mexicans for many legitimate reasons. Employment and the workplace is the first place to start in this issue. One of the main reasons illegal immigration exists today is because those crossing borders want a better job and opportunity, two things that Mexico doesn�t offer its citizens. The pay is better in here as well as the opportunity to find a job. Many immigrants make money here, then send some of it back home to their families. Two issues arise; Mexicans are willing to work for lower paying jobs, and illegal immigrants take jobs that...