Should Illegal Immigrants be Treated by Citizens' Tax Money When they are Ill?
You might be wondering what an illegal immigrant is. An illegal immigrant is “an alien (non-citizen) who has entered the United States without government permission or stayed beyond the termination date of a visa”(legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com). The bulk of tax dollars are used on defense, social security, medical care, etc, and illegal immigrants are part of that. Citizens may argue that too much of their tax money is being spent on medical treatment for illegal immigrants, which is over a hundred billion dollars. Some reasons why illegal immigrants should be treated are because they are a living being, they just want a normal life, and are filling in the jobs for Americans. Therefore, treating the immigrants will be better than not treating them since they are doing something for us, such as filling in the jobs we won’t take.
A great reason why immigrants should be treated when they are ill is that they are humans and living. The Declaration of Independence stated, “all men are created equal.” Human rights mean “everybody should be treated equally and with dignity no matter what their circumstances; which means nobody should be tortured or treated in an inhuman or degrading way”(voicesofyoung.org). All humans should be treated equally because we are all the same. This way no one will get angry about how someone can do a certain thing they can’t, such as having a driver’s license and being able to vote.
Furthermore, immigrants just want a normal life. Back when there were no boundaries, people would move from place to place because of famines, wars, natural disasters, plagues, poverty, personal problems, economic reasons, political oppression, etc. Even after immigration laws were set, people would still move around and leave their homes for the same reason back then. They go through all different kinds of difficulties, sustained only by the hope that somehow they have a chance to find a better life. Can’t we just accept them as humans that want a chance to live normally?
Some people might argue that immigrants are taking the jobs of native-born Americans. Immigrants take up 13.7% of the U.S. population, which is nearly triple the amount(4.8%) in 1980. Because they are hired and take the jobs of Americans doesn’t mean they are better at the job than illegal immigrants? Most of the time the immigrants work the unpleasant, back-breaking jobs that the native-borns are not willing to take. This includes gutting fish or work on farm fields. “The Pew Research Center estimates that more than 7.5 million undocumented immigrants are in the U.S. labor force”(washingtonpost.com). That’s why the immigrants should still be allowed to work since they are only taking the jobs that most people don’t want. Since they contribute that much to society they should be treated.
When looking at the facts, it is evident that the immigrants aren’t making such a huge difference and just want to live normally. They are just doing what’s normal and that’s by working to get money for their family. They are being treated wrongly and should be treated like a regular human being.