I Believe We Should Secure The Border

Dani - Overland Park, Kansas
Entered on April 29, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
  • Listen to This I Believe on RadioPublic

  • Podcasts

    Sign up for our free, weekly podcast of featured essays. You can download recent episodes individually, or subscribe to automatically receive each podcast. Learn more.

  • FAQ

    Frequently asked questions about the This I Believe project, educational opportunities and more...

  • Top Essays USB Drive

    This USB drive contains 100 of the top This I Believe audio broadcasts of the last ten years, plus some favorites from Edward R. Murrow's radio series of the 1950s. It's perfect for personal or classroom use! Click here to learn more.

I believe that we should secure the border. In Mexico it is considered a felony to enter the country illegally. The penalty is up to two year’s in prison, but the felon also must pay a fine of 300 to 5,000 pesos. It is pretty ironic that most of the the illegal immigrants in America come from Mexico. Illegal immigrants cost legal citizens money, safety, and health.

Illegal aliens are costing American tax payers up to 10 billion dollars every year. Right now American citizens need every penny they can get, due to the economic crisis. Forty Percent of American welfare money is going to Illegal aliens. That is 70 billion dollars every five years. We need to put a stop to this, for our financial well being.

Each year there are about 9 million new cases of identity theft reported. A big percentage of those cases are caused by illegals. There is no question about it, identity theft has been a problem. 30% of all prisoners in the United States of America are aliens who have not been jailed for immigration but for things such as sex crimes, battery, and robbery. Eight American citizen fall victim to a sex crime at the hands of an illegal every day. That totals up to 2,920 per year. 25 Americans die at the hands of an illegal immigrant every day, 12 of the deaths are violent murders and 13 are caused by drunk driving immigrants. Illegal immigrants are putting our lives at stake every day.

Right now 140 people have died in Mexico due to the swine flu. Swine flu was passed on in Cancun or people who came back from Cancun. As a result, about 60 cases of the flu have been spread to American’s and threatened our public’s health. The number will continue to increase every day because the border isn’t secure. This is a big scare right now, but who knows what other dangerous diseases American’s could catch over time if we don’t secure the border now?

There are twelve million illegal immigrants living in the United States of America today. I hope this essay hasn’t frightened you, but opened your eyes to the problem we have going on here. Illegal Alien’s are costing us 10 billion dollar’s every year. Health is at risk being around illegal alien’s. Our money is at risk living with illegal aliens. Our lives are at risk living with illegal aliens. The best, safest thing we could do would be to seal the border.