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Deportation in Cary, NC

Deportation is the act of removing an individual from a country of which they are not a rightful citizen. In my opinion, deportation is not a feasible mechanism to solve the problem of illegal immigration in our country, and is not beneficial to the country as a whole. Illegal immigrants play an extremely important role in the economy by contributing to the country’s gross domestic product, influencing the housing market by owning homes, and stimulating the product market with the purchases of goods and services. Illegal immigrants more often than not come to the United States to seek a better life, a better paying job to support their family, and safety from any persecution. The argument can be made that illegal immigrants undermine the process and system of obtaining citizenship that other immigrants take years to complete, but becoming a citizen is a long, arduous process that many people cannot afford to undergo, which is why they choose the illegal route. If the citizenship process were made easier, illegal immigration and its consequent deportation would not be as large an issue.

Mass deportation of immigrants is not a feasible process to undergo. Undocumented immigrants may enter the country illegally, or people who have a temporary work visa or a green card may choose to stay in the country and not leave after their visa has run out or their green card expires. It is impossible to find every single person of the 11 million and change people in the United States illegally, and it is a waste of time and money for the government to try to do so. Most of the undocumented people living in the United States pose no or little threat to the safety of our country as a whole, which adds to the argument against deportation. While I believe deporting undocumented immigrants who are convicted of crimes has justice to it, the vast majority of undocumented people in this country are solely looking for a better life and the United States is offering them that journey.

Countless articles, novels, and news reports detail the stories of illegal immigrants that spend months or even years trying to cross the border in to the United States solely to provide money for their family, so that their children can be born American citizens, to flee from areas of poverty and violence, or to allow their children a better education. One of the more particularly memorable accounts I have read is called Enrique’s Journey. Enrique’s Journey is a novel written by Sonia Nazario, and details the attempts of a boy my age named Enrique who relentlessly tries to reach the United States from his home in Honduras to find his mother, who illegally immigrated to the United States over 10 years ago to find a job that would pay good money for her family. These are the kinds of people that make up so much of the 11 million undocumented people in the United States, which makes it seem almost cruel to wish for their removal.

Undocumented immigrants should not be seen in the public eye as a lower level of society, since they provide invaluable contributions to our country’s economy that allow our country to function as it does. Undocumented immigrants hold millions of jobs, and often the jobs that other Americans find below themselves but that are necessary for the production of food and goods that many citizens take for granted. Undocumented immigrants contribute greatly to our country’s GDP, and increase our country’s material and monetary wealth through the labor they perform. Undocumented immigrants, like all other people, must also maintain a living and buy basic essentials such as food and clothing. These contributions help to stimulate our economy and help economically support companies and individuals. Undocumented immigrants, like all other people, also live in houses and must purchase or rent homes, which contributes to the economy. The result of the mass deportation of undocumented immigrants, if that were a feasible process, would be a mass economic downfall and lack of goods. Undocumented immigrants pick produce, work in carpentry, and provide labor for thousands of other industries and their absence would be felt heavily by all citizens, no matter how distant from undocumented immigrants we feel we may be. Our country relies on undocumented immigrants’ contributions to the economy and it would be extremely foolish to try to deport large numbers of these people from an economic standpoint.

The argument that undocumented immigrants undermine the process of legally applying for citizenship is understandable. It can most certainly be frustrating to those who waited years and paid close to $1000 to become citizens to see undocumented immigrants simply refusing to leave the country after their green card expires. However, those who immigrate to the country illegally often do not have the resources to apply legally for a citizenship. It is also important to note that undocumented immigrants do not have the same amount of freedoms as legal citizens; they cannot vote, in many states cannot obtain a driver’s license, and spend most of their time in the United States worried about being found and deported.

For all of these reasons, I believe the act of deportation is futile, ineffective, and illogical when placed in the context of the United States of America. After all, our country was founded by immigrants throughout history and was continually shaped by the customs, values, and traditions of immigrants who traveled to the United States. Anybody who wants to live in the United States and is willing to work for their lifestyle should have the natural right to stay here. It is only logical that deportation be used only sparingly.