Illegal immigration, as well as the policies proposed to control it, have been the topic of debate in the United States for decades. Without citizenship, illegal immigrants are not allowed any of the same rights and advantages for living within the new nation and under its government. Instead, they can strictly be hired as immigrants with no benefits and very small pay, usually far below the national minimum wageundocumentedfamily reunification
Illegal immigration poses a serious risk of the mistreatment of workers because of their lack of rights and citizenship. Illegal immigrant workers may not have to pay taxes, but they are not accounted for as a true citizen to the nation. Still, many immigrants pay taxes through an identification numbers that poses them no danger in terms of being deported as a result.
Besides not having the right to vote, acquire property, enroll in a bank, work professionally, or have insurance, many in the illegal immigration wave will find themselves not even collecting minimum wage. However, the rise of illegal immigration has not slowed down, very steadily increasing on a daily basis. The promise of a freer, more independent life with a relatively larger income compared to the value of the wages in their homeland, appears to be sufficient and worth the dangers and potential mistreatment towards immigrants.
The desperate need of illegal immigrants to keep their job and prevent immigration penalties will tolerate mistreatment from their employers. There have been news stories in the immigration debate of overworked workers getting limbs detached on the job while employers would threaten to turn them in if they ever tried to press matters any further.
Terrible and dangerous working conditions that would be fined by the law are overlooked on account of injuries not being reported and working environments remaining unexposed to regulations due to the fear of their immigration status being exposed.