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Illegal Immigration: An Overview

Finding and Link Susan Warner. "Way North of the Border. " New York Times. 30 Apr. 2006, Late Edition (East Coast): NJ.1. National Newspapers. ProQuest. Foley Library, Spokane, WA. 19 Nov. 2007 <>

Summary/Reconstruction This article gives an overview of the effects illegal immigration from Mexico has had on the United States. Topics such as schooling and the work force. It shows the affect on the general population of the cities they inhabit along with facts and figures. The entire article is based a group of illegal immigrants experience here and the facts go off from there.

Lauren Reynolds

Illegal Immigrants and the Healthcare System

Finding and Link Michael Janofsky. "Burden Grows for Southwest Hospitals. " New York Times 14 Apr. 2003, Late Edition (East Coast): A.14. National Newspapers. ProQuest. Foley Library, Spokane, WA. 19 Nov. 2007 <>

Summary/Reconstruction This article talks about the devestating effects illegal immigrants are having on our healthcare system when they come into our country for medical needs. It talks in depth about the southern states and their hospitals that are affected by illegal immigrants coming in and leaving without having to pay for it. A lot of facts and figures.

Lauren Reynolds

Illegal Immigrants and the Increase of Drug Smuggling

Finding and Link Joel Millman. "Politics & Economics: Shift Is Afoot on Mexican Border; Security Crackdown Cuts Illegal Crossing But Aids Smugglers. " Wall Street Journal 25 Oct. 2007, Eastern edition: A.8. National Newspapers. ProQuest. Foley Library, Spokane, WA. 19 Nov. 2007 <>


This article goes through the effect tighter border patrol has had on illegal immigrants and how it in turn has affected the drug trade. There are many reasons as to why the drug trade has increased across the border with Mexico, but it has become more serious. There is a lot of basic facts and figures.

Lauren Reynolds

Immigrants and the labor market

Finding and Link (Enrico Marcelli (2005). Immigrants and the U.S. Labor Market. NACLA Report on the Americas, 38(5), 47. Retrieved November 13, 2007, from Research Library database. (Document ID: 803084851).


Targeting immigrants' behavior in the form of labor market competition in the US certainly is not new. But the legislative developments during the 1990s represented the first time in US history that immigrant use of welfare caused a major immigration policy change. Here, Marcelli discusses the economic effects of unauthorized immigration.

Your Name (Dustin Lehman)

Effect of Immigration on Wages

Finding and Link

Tamar Jacoby (2006). Immigration Nation. Foreign Affairs, 85(6), 50. Retrieved November 13, 2007, from Research Library database. (Document ID: 1175304091).

Summary/Reconmstruction Today, immigration is at or near the top of most voters' lists of problems facing the nation--one that, in many people's minds, outweighs every other threat save international terrorism. This shift has been driven in large part by politicians and the media. The U.S. immigration system has been broken for a long time, and little has changed dramatically in recent years. There is little doubt that the system needs fixing. But just how big a problem is immigration? Is it in fact a crisis that threatens the United States' security and identity as a nation? And does it, as today's bitter debate suggests, raise so many fundamental questions as to be all but unsolvable? As of this writing, Congress appears to be at an impasse, after nine months of intense debate and the passage of two major bills (one in each chamber) still unable to agree on a piece of legislation. Of all the economic consequences of immigration, the easiest to calculate is the fiscal effect--whether immigrants consume more in government benefits than they contribute in taxes.

Your Name (Dustin Lehman)

Immigration Policy in the United States


CBO. February 2006.


This was a purely factual government summary of the history of the U.S. Immigration policy. It's good background information to skim and sets the stage for the issues we have now.


Why Illegal Immigration Doesn't Matter


Malanga, Steven. Washington Post. "Why Illegal Immigration Doesn't Matter". 11/15/07.


Malanga's argument is that we shouldn't be worried about illegals coming when we allow well over a million legal immigrants every year, and they are every bit as uneducated and unskilled as illegals. Other countries that attract immigrants have a much bigger emphasis on bringing in people with skills.


What Part of 'Illegal' Don't You Understand?

Link Downes, Lawrence. New York Times. "What Part of 'Illegal' Don't You Understand?". 10/28/07.


Downes believes that our term "illegal" exists only for the purpose of building anti-foreigner attitudes. He says that saying "illegal immigrant" proposes that the person itself is illegal, which we don't do with anything else. Illegal immigration is presented as something that is not a big problem, but U.S. xenophobia is presented as a bigger one.


Illegal immigration is actually foreign invasion

Finding and Link Chuck Baldwin. "Illegal immigration is actually foreign invasion. " Westside Gazette [Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.] 13 Apr. 2006,8A. Ethnic NewsWatch (ENW). ProQuest. 14 Nov. 2007 <>


Abstract (Summary) First, let's talk about numbers. Even though the Census Bureau (CB) estimates 11 million illegal aliens live in America, the real numbers are much higher. Even CB officials admit that many illegal aliens purposely avoid the census count. Bear Stern provides a more reliable count. It puts the number of illegal aliens at around 20 million. Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.), chairman of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus, puts the number at over 18 million.

Beyond that, let's not discount the individual motivations of the two major parties. Rhetoric to the contrary notwithstanding, both the Democratic and Republican parties in Washington, D.C., desire that illegal immigration continue unabated. When it comes to illegal immigration, President [Bush] and [Hillary Clinton] are allies, not adversaries. (That's true about many issues, by the way.) There are only a handful of congressmen who truly desire to restrict illegal immigration.

So, when all is said and done, there will be nothing done to restrict illegal immigration into this country. Furthermore, don't be surprised if the final law that Congress passes and Bush signs will actually further facilitate the influx of illegal aliens and will also further facilitate a speedy process by which illegal aliens already here can become U.S. citizens.

Evan Farris CTResearcher 20:54, 14 November 2007 (PST)

Raise Wages, Not Walls

Finding and Link Michael S. Dukakis and Daniel J. B. Mitchell. "Raise Wages, Not Walls :[Op-Ed]. " New York Times [New York, N.Y.] 25 Jul 2006, Late Edition (East Coast): A.19. National Newspapers (5). ProQuest. ***INSERT Library name or system, City, State***. 15 Nov. 2007 <>

Abstract (Summary) There is a simpler alternative. If we are really serious about turning back the tide of illegal immigration, we should start by raising the minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to something closer to $8. The Massachusetts legislature recently voted to raise the state minimum to $8 and California may soon set its minimum even higher. Once the minimum wage has been significantly increased, we can begin vigorously enforcing the wage law and other basic labor standards.

Millions of illegal immigrants work for minimum and even sub-minimum wages in workplaces that don't come close to meeting health and safety standards. It is nonsense to say, as President [Bush] did recently, that these jobs are filled by illegal immigrants because Americans won't do them. Before we had mass illegal immigration in this country, hotel beds were made, office floors were cleaned, restaurant dishes were washed and crops were picked -- by Americans.

If we want to reduce illegal immigration, it makes sense to reduce the abundance of extremely low-paying jobs that fuels it. If we raise the minimum wage, it's possible some low-end jobs may be lost; but more Americans would also be willing to work in such jobs, thereby denying them to people who aren't supposed to be here in the first place. And tough enforcement of wage rules would curtail the growth of an underground economy in which both illegal immigration and employer abuses thrive.

Evan Farris CTResearcher 21:14, 14 November 2007 (PST)

It Starts in Mexico

Finding and Link Tim Padgett. "It Starts in Mexico. " America 15 Oct. 2007: 11-15. Research Library. ProQuest. Foley Library Spokane WA. 20 Nov. 2007 <>

Abstract (Summary) For decades, the jobs in America's vegetable fields, restaurant kitchens and hotel laundries have been an all too convenient social safety valve, taking the pressure off the Mexican elite. Creating Jobs and Improving Schools Many of those immigrants have now decided to do what Mexico's banks won't.\n Since the end of the cold war, America has too often tried to substitute free trade for foreign policy, especially in Latin America, a region Washington usually dismisses as geopolitical trailer trash.

CTResearcher 21:20, 19 November 2007 (PST) Tom Whitt

A way to keep needed foreign laborers

finding and Link Lionel Sosa. "A way to keep needed foreign laborers. " The Christian Science Monitor [Boston, Mass.] 9 Nov. 2007,9. National Newspapers (5). ProQuest. Foley Library Spokane WA. 20 Nov. 2007 <>

Abstract (Summary) Americans pay undocumented workers several times more than they earn in their own country to do the work we don't want to do - the work we don't want our children to do. Day workers such as gardeners, painters, and baby sitters would have subcontractor status - they would be hired through an agency that would send them out to different jobs.

Tom Whitt CTResearcher 21:23, 19 November 2007 (PST)

Hidden Cost of Illegal Immigration: ID Theft

Link Sullivan, Bob. MSNBC. "Hidden Cost of Illegal Immigration: ID Theft." March 31, 2007


This article brings to light the hidden cost of illegal immigration in a different sense then most people think. It highlights that to be employed in the United States one must have a nine digit number for Social Security (SSI) benefits when they retire, or they can't be hired. What happens in the immigrants come with some random number that could be someone elses SSI number or a false number. Pointed out throughout the article multiple times are victimes of identity theft as their SSI numbers were being used by people mostly in the agricultural and hospitality fields. People who are identity theft victims due to illegal immigration is never heard or thought about in Washington, D.C, but it's a problem that will remain the forefront as long as millions of illegal immigrants as able to come into this country, ruining people's credit scores and lives along the way.