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Carrasco 1 English 100 Professor: Zimmer  July 26, 2009 Public Services for Immigrants Illegal immigration has been a controversial issue in the United States for many  years. Native born citizens from the United States argue that immigrants who are in this  country illegally do not have the right to receive any of the public services that this  country offers to its citizens. Immigrants who reside in this country are called many  names; some people call them illegal immigrants, others call them undocumented aliens  or workers. Citizens whom are against providing public services argue that giving such  public services only encourage more immigrants to come to the country. Concern  citizen say that these immigrants should not be allowed to have social services such as  education and public health because they create a drain to the economy.  Although I  agree with some of these arguments, I believe that the population of immigrants is high;  and that illegal, immigrants have the right to have access to education and health  services.
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Carrasco 2 According to Jeffrey Passel, a senior research associate at the Pew Hispanic  Center, “Today, there is a reasonable agreement that between 11 million and 12 million  illegal immigrants live in the U.S., with the undocumented populations growing by about  500, 000 people every year” (qtd. in Liss 44). This means that the population keeps  increasing and so, the demand of social services keeps increasing and the country’s  profit keeps decreasing. As the number of immigrants grows, debates about whether or  not these immigrants should receive public services are brought into question. A survey  taken in 2008 found that 83% of Americans citizens are concerned that social services  for   illegal   immigrants   cost   the   country   too   much   money.   This   shows   that   many  Americans believe in giving social services to illegal immigrant only cost the country  more money. This is why concern citizen are persuading more people to get on their  side   and   be   against   giving   immigrants   social   services.   For   many   Americans,   the  growing population of illegal aliens is like a threat to not acquire their own social  services.   Many   people   who   argue   against   giving   social   services   insist   that   illegal  immigrants create a big drain on the U.S government economy because most of them  do not pay taxes.
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