MQ: Should illegal children born in
the United States be given
By Gerardo Peraza
• Illegal immigrant- person who has entered or
lives in a country unlawfully or without the
• Illegal children represent 5.4% of all children
under the age of 18.
• From 2003 to 2009 the illegal population has
jumped from 2.7 million to 4 million.
• The population of native-born Americans has
fallen for 4 straight decades.
When did illegal immigrants start
crossing the border?
• The border between the United States and
Mexico was created in 1848.
• It is unknown when exactly illegals started
crossing over but most people say it was the
How do illegal immigrants cross the
• Illegal immigrants pay people who are called
coyotes to smuggle them across the border.
• The amount is usually 1,500 dollars per head.
• They call family members or friends in the
United States to meet them when and if they
How do illegal immigrants cross the
• The journey takes them across scorching deserts,
or freezing mountain passages.
• It is very risky because many get lost and die of
hunger/thirst or killed by gangs/bandits.
Why are illegal immigrants crossing
• At first only men, they came to find work.
• Minimum wage jobs that no one else wanted to
• Women also crossed to find work. Some started
to cross to give birth to children in United
• Because of the 14th amendment that child would
be legal and could apply for legal residency for
their parents at age 21.
Where do illegal immigrants hide in?
• Mostly big cities, in small towns they would be
recognized, reported, and deported back to
central or south America.
• Los Angles, California
• San Francisco, California
• Seattle, Washington etc.
How does a child from an illegal
immigrant affect the U.S. population?
• Children from illegal immigrants will expand the
work force and eventually will pay taxes.
• However, they demand more resources to cover for
basic services (education, health, etc.), which
amounts to a virtual tax on U.S citizens.
• There is a need to correct the 14th amendment, in a
way that it rewards those who follow the rules and
immigrate legally and punish those who break the
Immigration and Customs Inspectors
• $29.86 hourly, $62,110 annual
• Customs and Border Protection Officer (CBPO),
Border Protection Officer (US CBPO), and
Canine Enforcement Officer (K-9 Enforcement
• Employment (2008) 112,000 employees
Projected growth (2008-2018) Faster than
average (14% to 19%) Projected job openings
• Insurance Adjusters, Examiners, and
Investigators, Licensing Examiners and
Inspectors, and Government Property Inspectors
High school career academies
• I will go to Atholton High school.
• The career academy I researched is Automotive
• I picked this career academy because some of my
family members have/had this career.
Lincoln Technical Institute
• It is located between Baltimore and Washington
D.C. on 9325 Snowden River Parkway.
• The tuition is based on a number of details about
your life like where you live, do you live with
someone else, or your mode of transportation.
• Must have a high school diploma or it’s equal.
• Also it is required that the student applying must
take a campus tour to let the teachers see if they
are college material.
• This school was built in 1946 as a post-war job
skill training source and since then it has helped
people achieve their goals in a certain skill trade.
• I helped deliver food to a retirement home two
• Also I donate cans every year.
• I did this service because I wanted to help the
seniors enjoy the rest of their life's.
Prior Job Experience
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