One often overlooked discussion surrounding illegal immigration is the detrimental effects on both the migrants themselves and Hispanic Americans.

In 2022 alone, over 800 people died in an attempt to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. There were also a staggering 152,000 unaccompanied minors at or near the U.S.-Mexico border in 2022. 

Not only is the journey to America dangerous for migrants, but a lack of regulation empowers terrible actors. 

More people are in slavery today than at any other time in history, with an estimated 40 million people trapped in various types of slavery. When border security is not made a priority, vulnerable migrants suffer.

Migrants are the most likely to be trafficked into forced labor, and women are the largest demographic. Roughly four million people who are trafficked are undocumented, and over 60% of people who are labor trafficked are Hispanic.

Adding to the burden, migrants often find themselves at the mercy of smugglers who exploit their desperation. Smugglers charge struggling families between $2,000 and $10,000 to facilitate their journey across the border.

Moreover, the impact of illegal immigration extends beyond the border. Twenty of the most dangerous urban communities in the United States, plagued by high homelessness and crime rates, are home to 60% of illegal immigrants—cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and more.

While it is essential to acknowledge the positive economic contributions immigrants make to the United States, it’s equally vital to recognize that illegal immigration places a financial strain on urban minority communities.

According to the Texas attorney general, Texans pay between $579 million and $717 million yearly to cover uncompensated care for undocumented immigrants. This financial strain disproportionately affects the Hispanic American population, considering that Texas is home to the country’s second-largest population of Hispanic Americans.

It’s evident that illegal immigration has consequences for both immigrants and Americans. However, the complex issue of illegal immigration is not as polarizing as it is often portrayed. 

Two-thirds of Americans say that the government is doing a horrible job dealing with the increased number of people at the southern border.

Only 3 in 10 people approved of the government’s handling of the southern border. Even within the Hispanic American community, the belief is that securing the border is vital, as it helps protect the well-being of migrants and Americans.

Our nation has long served as a beacon of hope and opportunity for those seeking a better life. We should continue to welcome people while simultaneously prioritizing the safety and well-being of both migrants and Americans in the process.