With millions of illegal immigrants already in the United States and at least half a
million being able to gain access into the country annually, it is no doubt that they have
an extensive effect on the country. It has been argued that illegal immigrants put a
strain on the economy of the country and can be a social nuisance. They also have a major
influence on the various decisions and policies that are made in the country. Whether the
net effect of illegal immigration is positive or negative is still subject to debate.
This paper shall begin by looking at the definition of illegal immigration. Then the
various effects that illegal immigration has on the United States of America (U.S.) will
be examined. These effects include social effects, economic effects, political effects,
environmental effects among others.
Illegal immigration can be defined as disobeying the immigration rules of a destined
country by disregarding the right protocol of moving into that country. It involves
crossing international political borders through water, land, and air improperly. Illegal
immigration can also include entering another country in the right manner but refusing to
leave after the expiry of one