Societal Impact of Immigration
Illegal immigration impacts society in some obvious and other less obvious ways.
Impact on Essential Services
Illegal immigration is a fiscal burden on taxpayers. Mass immigration jams schools, hospitals and highways. The education of the children of illegal immigrants costs taxpayers millions of dollars annually. Emergency medical expenditures and incarceration costs of illegal aliens add up too.
In addition, taxpayers must bear the full costs of the administration of justice, e.g., policing, processing, trials, interpreters, medical expenses and other incarceration costs.
Welfare benefits paid to the children of illegal aliens and other services such as assisted housing add a further burden on public outlays.
Yet another societal impact from illegal immigration is in crowded housing, and related problems of safety, hygiene, and issues that impact on property values.
Ultimately, illegal immigration generates insecurity about America’s borders, carries economic and fiscal costs, and risks the creation of an isolated underclass, and generates disturbing social and cultural tensions.
Criminal aliens – non-citizens who commit crimes – are a growing threat to public safety and national security, as well as a drain on our scarce criminal justice resources.
Each day without an effective border barrier or stronger immigration law enforcement means an increased threat to both the American public and National Security, not only from illegal aliens, gangs, drug smugglers and human traffickers, but also terrorists who might infiltrate the wave of illegal aliens.
Loopholes in certain immigration laws create an environment conducive to human trafficking. Human traffickers exploit these laws by posing as sponsors and receiving unaccompanied alien minors (UAMs) from noncontiguous countries. They are then forced into human enslavement situations.