Self-Assessment

I think I gave 80% effort and 100% quality to this project. I’m proud of my three arguments but my second argument was the best in my opinion. I think so because I thought of  a great metaphor to explain how Mexican immigration can be solved (the two brothers, one older and one younger). I would like to improve my conclusion because I thought it was too short. My academic goal at the beginning of this essay was to learn ” How illegal immigrants cross the border.” I think I partially succeeded at my goal because I now know how the Mexicans do it. They use “Coyotes,” or just go across the desert. The reason I think I have only partially succeeded is because their is no way for me to explain all the ways immigrants cross. I did explain it to my brother and he understood what I was saying. My organizational goal for this essay was to ” Have what I need and know what I needed when I need it .” I think that I achieved this goal because I have finished all of my homework for this essay and when I’m working on my homework, my dad knows exactly what I’m doing. My skill goal for this essay was to ” pay attention in class to what I needed to do.”  I think I did meet this goal and I only had a few errors. I will fully know if I met my goal if I get a good grade on this essay and I think I will. The strategy I used to try to grab my readers attention was to try to think of the biggest things I learned and use that information in my writing. From this project I learned to stay focused and make sure to edit and make my writing as good as possible. One thing you should know about my work is that I worked really hard on my essay and my self assessment.

Conclusion

If Mexico had an economic situation more attractive to its citizens, fewer Mexican citizens would die in the effort to get to the U.S. Likewise, if the Mexican economy improved, perhaps it would also improve tourism, drawing more American travelers to Mexico, who would in turn spend more Mexican currency, which would also help their economy.

Argument 3

Another problem complicating the economy and relations between the two countries is terrorism. After 911, the U.S. needed to take more precautions against terrorism. Technology and better surveillance tools were used to catch more illegal immigrants, but the illegal immigrants also changed their tactics. The use of Coyotes (a term for smugglers who help people cross the border illegally) increased dramatically in recent years. So, in a way, the illegal immigration problem is like the game whack-a-mole. You whack one problem down and another one pops up somewhere else.
That’s exactly what has happened in California. With the increased border patrol effort in California, the illegal immigration problem has sprung up in Arizona.
As a result, a lot of Mexicans are braving the vast desert territory along the Mexico/Arizona border to get into the U.S. Unfortunately, many are also dying of dehydration and sun exposure because of it.
What if the level of border patrols and surveillance used in California stretched the length of the Mexican/U.S. border? Perhaps a beefed up border would prevent terrorists and illegal immigrants from crossing into the U.S.
Along with the risks of death and injury to illegal immigrants, there is a major costs to both nations. Every year, Mexicans die trying to cross the border into the U.S. (about 300 to 400 Mexicans per year). Many die during the summer months crossing the desert. They die from heat exposure and dehydration.  As a result, American tax dollars are paying for illegal immigrants incarcerated in U.S. prisons. If Mexicans are hurt in the effort to enter the U.S. illegally, our nation is obligated to provide them healthcare. Because of these and other related problems between the two nations, tension is growing and further souring U.S./Mexican relations.

Argument 2

Another problem complicating the economy and relations between the two countries is terrorism. After 911, the U.S. needed to take more precautions against terrorism. Technology and better surveillance tools were used to catch more illegal immigrants, but the illegal immigrants also changed their tactics. The use of Coyotes (a term for smugglers who help people cross the border illegally) increased dramatically in recent years. So, in a way, the illegal immigration problem is like the game whack-a-mole. You whack one problem down and another one pops up somewhere else.
That’s exactly what has happened in California. With the increased border patrol effort in California, the illegal immigration problem has sprung up in Arizona.

Agrument 1

Granted, this is not as easy as it might seem. For one, the problem is complicated by the simple fact that Mexico’s border stretches across several Southwestern U.S. states. Even though crossing the desert is dangerous, lack of jobs and a struggling economy make it worth the effort for many Mexican citizens. Also, Mexicans are aware of an obvious difference in the living standards compared to the average American (thus, the desire to immigrate to the U.S.); also, the average wage for a Mexican citizen is $4.15 an hour and even less for agricultural workers, which makes coming to the U.S. even more attractive.
These problems contribute Mexico’s economic troubles. Despite its troubles, Mexico’s economy is ranked somewhere between 11th and 13 in the world.  Also, their economy has improved since 1994. And NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) brought more jobs to Mexico, along with a lot of other problems. Still, forty percent of Mexican citizens are below the poverty line. An analogy of this situation might be a big brother and a little brother having separate rooms, but the little brother keeps coming in the big brother’s room because he has all the cool toys. Big brother would help little brother if he would stay out of his play room. But this is not what is happening. Little brother keeps sneaking in and taking his big brother’s property (or in this case, jobs).
So, our little brother across the border wants what we have – good paying jobs and a strong economy. But even when Mexican citizens have jobs, their wages are generally very low. For most Mexican citizens, the average wage is not enough to cover basic necessities
Because of this, Mexicans are attracted to the jobs in America, but this takes away jobs from hard-working American citizens. The problem gets worse when corporate leaders put American manufacturing jobs in Mexico and pay Mexican citizens a much lower wage. This also results in fewer jobs in America. According to one economist, George Borjas, the problem worsened between 1980 and 2000 due to an increase in work force competition from illegal immigrants from Mexico. As a result, the wages of U.S. workers without a high school diploma declined by 9%. However, some scholars, such as Gordon Hanen and Douglas Massey, claim Borjas ignored arguments that dispute his claims. They say the same economic disparities existed in Mexico before 1980.

Introduction

The United States should do more to prevent illegal immigration into the U.S. from Mexico. Reinforcing border controls and restricting immigration to legal immigrants, to the extent possible, might open job markets to Americans and improve relationships between our two nations. With better relations, we may be better able to help Mexico develop a more stable economy.

The United States should close its Mexican border to immigrants.

  1. Introduction

Closing the Mexico/ U.S. Border to immigrants might open job markets to American and improve relationships between our two nations. With better relations, we may be better poised to help Mexico with its troubled economy.

  1. Jobs
  2. Unemployment

There is a major lack of jobs in Mexico. Also, Mexicans are aware of an obvious difference in the living standards of most Mexicans compared to the average American (thus, the desire to immigrate to the U.S.); also, the average wage for a Mexican citizen is $4.15 an hour an even less for agricultural workers, which makes coming to the U.S. even more attractive.

  1. Mexico’s Economy

Overall, Mexico’s economy is ranked somewhere between 11th and 13 in the world.  Their economy has improved since 1994. Forty percent of Mexican citizens are below the poverty line. This is kind of like a big brother and a little brother having separate rooms, but little brother keeps coming in big brother’s room because he has all the cool toys. Big brother would help little brother if he would stay out of his play room.

  1. Wages

Wages are generally very low in Mexico. For most Mexican citizens, the average wage is not enough to cover basic necessities. Because of this, Mexicans are attracted to the jobs in America, but this takes away jobs from hard-working American citizens. The problem gets worse when corporate leaders put American manufacturing jobs in Mexico and pay Mexican citizens a much lower wage. This also causes Americans to lose jobs in America. The problem is worse yet because Mexicans are also coming to America and taking U.S. jobs.

 Safety

  1. Drugs

Drugs have a domestic impact and an impact on Mexican citizens.

  1. Terrorists

After 911, the U.S. needs to take more precautions against terrorism. They could do this, in part, by closing the border between Mexico and the U.S. If they beefed up the border, this would prevent terrorist from crossing into the U.S.

  1. Deaths

Every year, Mexicans die trying to cross the border into the U.S. (about 300 to 400 Mexicans per year). Many die during the summer months crossing the desert. They die from heat exposure and dehydration.

IV. Costs

A. Prisons

American tax dollars are paying for illegal immigrants incarcerated in U.S. prisons.

B. Emergency Health Care

If Mexicans are hurt in the effort to enter the U.S. illegally, our nation is obligated to provide them healthcare.

C. Poor Relationships

Because of the problems between the two nations, tension is growing and it is souring our relationship.  

V. Conclusion

Because of the arguments presented here, I believe we should close or at least restrict immigration from Mexico into the U.S.

Outline Part 2

The United States should close its Mexican border to immigrants.

I. Introduction

II.  Jobs

A.  Unemployment

B.  Mexico’s economy

C.  Wages

III.  Safety

A.  Drugs

B.  Terrorists

C.  Deaths

IV.  Costs

A.  Prisons

B.  Emergency health care

C.  Poor relationship

V. Conclusion