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Therefore, looking at these arguments, it becomes difficult to ascertain if the general impact of illegal immigrants is economically beneficial or costly to US. It thus implies that as the legislatures puts in place policies concerning the immigrants, emphasis has to be put on how the policies will affect the immigrants and not how the immigrants are affecting the economy. In most cases, those with low skills in the labor markets have got a major impact on the economy in the negative way, and this group comprises both illegal immigrants and the legal immigrants who might be in US as a result of family Visa (Hanson, pp 34).

Generally speaking, it can be concluded that in economic sense, the impact of illegal immigrants in US is negligible. Immigrants with high skills are found to impact slightly positive on the economy and vice versa for the low skilled immigrants. When taken in statistics form, the impact caused by the illegal immigrants on the US economy has no significant different from zero. Therefore, economically speaking, it leaves the question as to whether stopping illegal immigrants from getting in US has got any economic benefits that outweighs the costs or not (Hanson, pp 46).

The government has come up with proposals that would see that illegal immigrants are stopped, which even calls for constructing a fence along the border. This can be very costly to the government budget yet no economic costs have been ascertained from the illegal immigrations. Therefore, if the government has to go that extend, it has to justify its action using other arguments for instance, security reasons, and not economic reasons. There have been debates about illegal immigrants without seriously considering their economic implications.

The business community advocates for the status quo to remain, while those competing with the illegal immigrants in the job market advocates for stopping illegal immigrations (Walden, Thoms and Inc NetLibrary, pp 187). There are other costs that the government incurs for instance through school funding and medical aid to the immigrants’ children under the naturalization law. However, the government has a surplus through the fiscal taxes withheld from the immigrants. Therefore, it can also be said that the politicians who are against illegal immigrants do so not because of economic reasons but due to political reasons (Suarez-Orozco, pp 67).

Conclusion There is no much economic benefit that the government gets from the legal immigrants than the illegal immigrants. In essence, the illegal immigrants are found to respond easily to the labor markets than the legal immigrants. Therefore, if the government has different reasons to stop illegal immigrants from coming in US, it can do so but not on economic grounds as there are no clear economic effects that are created by the illegal immigrants.


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