Illegal immigrants to the US often face incredible dangers at home that warrant them seeking refuge in America, argues Catesby Holmes in The Conversation. Gang violence makes El Salvador the most dangerous place in the world that isn’t in a war zone, with 60 murders for every 100,000 people. Women from some central American countries are also exposed to high risks of violence and sexual assault. They are recognized as a vulnerable social group that is granted asylum by many countries, except for the US. These people are victims and deserve protection from the terrible conditions they face. They are not the threat that some portray them as.
Illegal immigrants are a strain on the US economy and hurt locals’ job prospects. Letting them in is not in the country’s interest, suggests Nolan Rappaport of The Hill. Having migrants coming across the border without any controls opens the door to criminals and diseases entering America. One in five people with Tuberculosis that aren’t US citizens come from Mexico. Illegal immigrants with these and other dangerous disease aren’t screened as they should be. Undocumented workers allow companies to pay much lower salaries, which cuts off local workers from certain jobs. Illegal immigration brings many issues with it and should be minimized.