Amnesty For Immigrants


By Ella Peavler, News Editor

The topic of illegal immigration has frequently presented itself in the 2016 presidential election. Even before that, it has been a heated topic of discussion. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, there are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country, and that number has created pressure for politicians to come up with a solution to the problem.

Currently, there are laws that legalize punishment for undocumented immigrants, but over the course of the last eight years, President Obama has sent instructions for these punishing laws not to be enforced. While this is a step in helping the problem, it’s not enough for the people who risk their well-being to have a shot at life in the United States.

Ever since the problem of illegal immigration has started, one of the solutions often brought up is an easy pathway to amnesty for undocumented immigrants. The idea has frequently been shot down, usually with the excuse that a large amount of undocumented immigrants are criminals or bad people, and that amnesty for them would end up costing taxpayers more money. But the truth is, amnesty would result in the exact opposite.

In actuality, amnesty would generate more in taxes. Many illegal immigrants still benefit from services paid for by taxes, such as public education, but they don’t pay certain taxes that only U.S. citizens do. By granting amnesty to illegal immigrants, the United States would gain more in taxes.

Another misconception about illegal immigrants is that they’re taking jobs from U.S. citizens. This idea is not entirely accurate, considering most undocumented immigrants jobs are those not many people are willing to do. They often take lower-wage jobs that don’t require a formal education, like dishwashers or drywall installers. These types of jobs are ones that no one really wants, and undocumented immigrants are often getting jobs like these simply because they want to start a life for themselves within the country.

Amnesty is not just citizenship within the country, but it’s also a chance at a decent life and a right everyone should have access to, regardless of who they are and where they came from. Granting amnesty to undocumented immigrants would not only help them but also help the country as a whole.