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Frequently Asked

1. HowQuestions
many undocumented

immigrants are living in the


U.S.?
According to Krogstad and Passel
(2015), in 2014, there were 11.3
million illegal immigrants and
Mexicans make up 49% of them,
which is 5.6 million people.

Reference
s
Krogstad, J., & Passel, J. (2015, November 19). 5
facts about illegal immigration
in the U.S.
Retrieved
November
28,
2015,
from
http://www.pewresearch.org/facttank/2015/11/19/5-facts-about-illegalimmigration-in-the-u-s/

2. How many undocumented


immigrants
work?
As of 2012, 8.1 million illegal
immigrants were either working
or looking for work. (Krogstad and
Passel, 2015)
3. What states account for the
majority of undocumented
immigrants?
California, Texas, Florida, New
York, New Jersey, and Illinois
account for 60% of illegal
immigrants from 2009 to 2012.
There were also seven states in
which the population of illegal
immigrants
Scripture
tellsincreased:
us that we Florida,
Idaho, Maryland, Nebraska, New
shall
not oppress
a
Jersey,
Pennsylvania
and Virginia.
(Krogstad
and Passel,
stranger, for we know the
2015)

heart of a stranger -- we

were strangers once, too.

Mariana Ramirez
500 W University Ave, El Paso,
TX 79968
mpramirez2@miners.utep.edu

~ President Barack Obama

To Cross or
Not to Cross
the Border?
An Informational Brochure
by Mariana Ramirez

Pro-Illegal Immigration
Immigration to the U.S.
creates job opportunities for
Americans

Offering a legal status to


undocumented immigrants
will strengthen Social Security

Illegal immigrants are willing


to do cheap labor, and this
helps the U.S. economy.

Illegal immigration can


increased the production of
different services and goods,
which boostsImmigration
the countrys
Anti-Illegal
economy
Arguments

If illegal immigrants become


legalized, theyll petition for
their families to obtain a green
card too. This is viewed by
opponents of illegal
immigration as an unwanted
influx of people from other
parts of the world.

Legalizing undocumented
immigrants will only
encourage bad behavior.
People believe that this will
award instead of punish
illegal immigrants.

There can be a surge of


document and identity fraud if
immigrants want to secure
green cards.

Immigration
Immigration is the act of going to live,
permanently, in another country. This
has always occurred in El Paso, since it
shares the border with Ciudad Juarez,
Mexico.
It occurs when people decide to look for
a better life. They look for job and
education
opportunities,
safety,
a
different lifestyle, etc.
There are two types: legal and illegal
immigration. Legal immigration consists
of obtaining a green card, and this
allows one to obtain citizenship. On the
other hand, illegal immigration is
considered a crime, but many people
still do this.
People immigrate illegally to the United
States because they cant obtain a green
card in order to live here, and because
theyre willing to do jobs that have low
wages.
Many people dont think that illegal
immigration is bad. On the other hand,
there are also many people that are
against illegal immigration.

Solution
I
believe
that
illegal
immigrants
should
be
legalized, because this action
will allow the United States to
grow and to become an even
bigger melting pot. Even
though illegal immigration is
a crime, I believe that if
immigrants show that theyre
good people, that they show
that they can pay their taxes,
and if they show that that
theyre willing to work so they
can obtain benefits like any
other U.S. citizen, or resident.

Legalizing illegal immigrants


would benefit the U.S. in many
ways and it would also allow
the country to grow even more.
This would also help the
undocumented immigrants by
allowing them to pursue a
better life and so they can
satisfy their needs.