Illegal immigration has been going on for decades but has exploded in the past few years. In 2007, the Center for Immigration Studies estimated there were 12.5 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. The amount went down in 2008 to 11 million, but other analysts believe there may be as many as 20 million. Not surprisingly, a huge majority of them are Mexican with Central American not far behind them in statistics.
There are numerous debates about whether they should be given citizenship or kicked out of the country all together. There is the argument they take good jobs away from American citizens while demanding the same rights. This is a valid claim as lower class citizens who search for jobs are being passed over by illegal immigrants who will work for less. The beneficiaries of this influx of illegals are the middle and upper class because they save money by hiring immigrants for much less pay than a citizen who would demand better wages.
Another issue is the toll it takes on the economy, particularly the money the government pays to protect the US-Mexican borders. As of 2007, there are over six thousand Nation Guard troops patrolling the Border and costing the government an excess of $750 million.
Obama plans to change that by creating a way to secure border control and make it easier for immigrants to become citizens. In 2009, the New York Times reported the meeting between President Obama, the President of Mexico, and the Prime Minister of Canada. Obama agreed with President Felipe Calderon that the one thing needed is to fight against the drug cartels that are using immigrants to carry drugs across the border and murder innocent people in the process.
The President’s immigration plans are in the works but no news of the official date it will be enforced or if it will help the situation.