The immigrant in American history has enjoyed a storied past. Those who come to America, endure the hardships of their old their old country: the Irish Famine in which almost a million people starved to death and other 1. 2 million left their homeland forever for America and Canada, or people leaving Germany from the reign of terror of Hitler and fascism. To a large degree, the people who came to America came here legally and were here to work.
There was no such thing as welfare and government assistance and even if there were, such things would be forever seen as a slight on their family history and pride in being independent and able to care for the children and their needs as well as their own. Also, to a large degree, those who came to this country were willing to assimilate. The rules aren’t always fair. In a utopian society assistance and other welfare programs which are funded by American tax payers and meant to be given sparingly to other Americans who, for a time, have fallen on hard times.
Yet, millions of illegal immigrants, even with the country’s employers following the law 100% and not employing illegal immigrants (something which is far from the reality) illegal can still come and in many parts of the country, receive welfare assistance and link cards as well as drivers license when it is known by the state that these people are not supposed to be in the country in the first place. Both faces of immigration; illegal and legal, are so very different in nature as well as their effects that they have on this country, they should never be confused with each other.
One of the ways in which illegal immigration taxes the resources of the country is through the public school system. Despite a higher percentage of the American budget being pumped into the nation’s public school system, the American public school system is lagging behind much smaller and less economically advanced countries in the world. There are many reasons for this truth. Two examples of where this is so true are in the Chicago and Los Angeles Public school systems.
In the Chicago Public school system, there exists 145 elementary schools which are overcrowded and more than twenty high schools with are overcrowded. This, despite the fact that in the last nine years, fifteen new high schools have been built in the city and forty five additions as well in order to absorb the influx of new students which are coming to their schools. Kelly High school, on the West side of Chicago which houses mostly African American and Hispanic students, is 145% above the designed school capacity.
Dunbar High school on the South Side is 174% above the designed capacity of the school. Needless to say, this serves as a crippling disadvantage to the educational process of the individual. Many of these students go to school under the threat of gang violence as well as a family life which is nearly nonexistent. Those who still attempt to go to school, do so under conditions which much of the country cannot fathom and in which many would find too impeding to their educational process to even try to go to school.
This is the case for many but there are also countless others, who still want to go to school, obtain an education and somehow grasp a better life for themselves and their future family. Adding to more bad news, if the current rate of illegal immigration continues as all signs from a do nothing Congress proves that it will, there will be an additional ten million students placed into the public school system by 2020. That would create a total of more than sixty million students across the country in which the future of the country would place its future.
In many parts of the country, out public schools are very crowded and the growth of certain hot spots in the country make it nearly impossible for the schools to keep up with the added increases. In 2005 alone, there was registered 723,000 immigrants and perhaps thousands more whose status has been purposely kept off the books. As a result of this influx in which more than 90% come from Mexico and other Latin American countries in which English is not spoken, there are additional costs involved as well.
In 2005, the state of California spent $700 million which was given to the National Association of Bilingual Education. That number is expected to exceed $1 billion by the year 2010 as there becomes an increased push in the requirements for people in this country who are not united through race of economic status, to at least be united in language and forever promote the cohesiveness of a country. America is one of the most violent countries in the entire world.
It would seem that a country as rich and powerful as the United States of America and with the highest standard of living in the history of the world, people would not resort to killing each other. This, sadly, is not the case and in the United States, the number of people who are murdered revolves around 20,000 with no sign that it will ever significantly decrease as part of a permanent solution. Every day on the evening news, the viewer can see first hand the evidence that the country has gone mad with hatred for their fellow man.
Murder, robbery and all manner of assaults on every age group have become more of the norm than the exception. What adds fuel to the fire of hatred and drugs which has seen fit to choke this country and to pull it down to its current level of depravity is the fact that the Mexican government and to a more alarming extent, the American government, makes little to no effort to stop the illegal crossing of illegal immigrants to America who are known to have criminal records.
One does not have to be a rocket scientist to realize that if the opportunity openly presents itself and one who is wanted on drug or murder charges in Mexico, will gladly escape across the border to America if he knows that neither then American or Mexican government will do anything less than turn their back to the situation.