The modern American political landscape has been remarked upon for debate over the legal ramification arising from immigration issues and a frequently contentious immigration debate, with both pro- and anti- immigration factions, as are sometimes identified with the respective right and left divisions in political terms. One of the most controversial topics as has been and continues to be addressed in the ongoing immigration debate deals with that of the entry of immigrants into the country illegally, specifically from the entry point of Mexico.
The larger discussion of immigration issues has frequently displayed the tendency, as is visible in public discourse, for the particular issue of illegal immigration to become synonymous with the immigration debate as a whole, and to act as a primary motivator for the anti immigration section of American politics.
In commentary on the shape taken by the American immigration debate, and by the ongoing place granted to immigration issues in political commentary, both pro- and anti-immigration speakers have pointed to the tendency for the number of illegal non-citizen residents of the United States to exceed in number those who are in the country with the knowledge and consent of the Federal government.
The anti immigration side of the overall immigration debate has been particularly remarked upon as being animated by concerns over the purported economic impact of illegal immigrants on the United States as a whole. The importance of immigrant issues has been phrased differently with reference of the contribution of illegal residents to the American economy.