Speech and Debate, Block 3
13 November 2017
Why the government should restrict illegal immigration.
11.3 million people. Thats the amount of people living illegally in the United States
(Krogstad) The practice of crossing the border without legal cause is what we know today as
illegal immigration. Now the fact of the matter is that this would not even be a discussion if
those 11.3 million people had crossed the border on legal terms. The problem is however, that
these immigrants cross the border without security checks, and they strip the American people of
their privileges and jobs. The key is to stop their point of entry into the country and to build a
wall. The government should enforce border security to keep aliens from taking opportunity
from legal citizens, draining the economy, and creating a lack of security for the public. First, I
will illustrate the downsides of aliens within our borders and then I will propose a solution for us
to better deal with this problem.
Number 1 is that illegal immigrants are taking away and abusing opportunities from law
abiding citizens. For example, Bureau of Labor Statistics shows us in a study done from 2007 to
2014, there were 1.5 million fewer native-born Americans working than in November 2007,
while 2 million more immigrants (legal and illegal) were working (Camorota). This demonstrates
how aliens are reducing the amount of available jobs for the law abiding public.
Aliens take advantage of the government is by avoiding taxes and taking what is supposed to be
reserved for legal citizens. While opportunities are being taken away, they are also draining the
economy of its resources.
A second detrimental reason for border security to be increased, is the ever-growing
problem with illegal immigrants draining the economy. Aliens do this by taking advantage of
government programs. According to the Federation for American Immigration 2011, “Illegal
immigration costs U.S. taxpayers about $113 billion a year at the federal, state and local level…
The annual outlay that illegal aliens cost U.S. taxpayers is an average amount per native-headed
household of $1,117... Education for the children of illegal aliens constitutes the single largest
cost to taxpayers, at an annual price tag of nearly $52 billion.” (FAIR). To make matters worse,
only 3.4 million illegal immigrants out of the 11 million immigrants there are will actually pay
taxes like social security. (Why Undocumented Immigrants Pay Taxes) From the massive
amounts of money the American working class spends on people breaking the law, to the brutally
small amount of money illegal immigrants contribute to the country, it is clear that they are
essentially a weight on the economy. In addition to economic decline due to aliens, they are also
a threat to security.
Public safety is at risk with aliens roaming around the country. The reason being is
because people without background checks can roam around...