US should spend less on deportation

Immigration reform — and Donald Trump’s proposition to build a wall on our Mexican border — has been one of the main topics during the 2016 presidential campaigns and debates.

Trump’s stance on immigration reform has been continuously angering many Americans.

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” Trump said during his candidacy announcement. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing their problems to us. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists.”

America is the core nation of the world. It is — or used to be — known as the “land of the free.”

The majority of our ancestors immigrated to the United States for freedom.

While immigrants should be documented, our government should not be focusing part of our (drastically) unbalanced budget on deporting hard-working people because they weren’t born in the United States and they don’t have the “correct” documentation.

Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump’s daughter, said in her introduction during his campaign announcement, “My father is a man who is deeply grounded in tradition.”

What they don’t realize, though, is that immigration is the tradition of the United States of America.

Our country was founded on immigration and most of us would not be here if our ancestors hadn’t immigrated here.

What makes us any different now?

Donald Trump’s idea that we need to build a wall is absurd.

Rather than worrying about deporting illegal immigrants, we should be focusing on making the process of becoming an American citizen easier for those who are coming here to work, in order to give themselves and their children a better chance at life in the land of the free.

Undocumented immigrants made up 5.1 percent of all workers in the United States in 2012, according to a study by the Pew Research Center, released in March 2015.

According to the study, undocumented workers hold more blue-collar jobs than they do white-collar jobs, and they tend to remain concentrated in lower-skilled, low-paying work.

Donald Trump said illegal immigrants from Mexico are taking our jobs and killing our people, but are they really?

“These are people who are embedded and participating in the economy,” said Jeffrey Passel, senior demographer for Pew. “More than 60 percent have been here at least 10 years. The changes we see in what they are doing and where they work reflect broader trends.”

According to the study, far higher percentages of undocumented immigrants hold jobs in undesirable conditions, such as crop picking and animal slaughter, than do U.S.-born workers.

Many U.S.-born citizens tend to feel these kinds of jobs are beneath them or they are too good to do them, which is why they usually go to undocumented immigrants who are willing to work for lower wages in order to stay in the country — legally or not, according to the study.

While illegal immigration increased 16 percent in the 2014, deportation rates fell 24 percent, according to statistics released by Homeland Security.

This is partly due to the increase of illegal immigrants from Central and South America and the costs of detention, flights and travel documents, which are significantly more expensive for the U.S. government than quickly deporting Mexicans across the border, according to The Washington Times.

In 2012, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement deputy reported to Congress that deportation costs approximately $12,500 for each undocumented immigrant, according to Business Insider.

In 2010, that number was around $23,480.

Approximately 400,000 people are deported each year, according to The Washington Post, making the grand total spent on deportation approximately $5 billion in 2012 and $9.4 billion in 2010.

Why are we focusing this much time and money on deporting hard-working members of society, who are doing jobs that most Americans would not do, just because they were not born in the United States.

Mexico isn’t the problem — we are.

We should make citizenship requirements easier and less time-consuming to attain rather than making it illegal to come here without going through the proper procedures.

While waiting for that to happen we should find a way to document those immigrants so they can make legal contributions to this country.

Make America great again by making America free again.

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