Immigration Reform In The United States

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The state of Immigration in the United States has effected the way that citizens interact with their governmental system. In the eyes of the majority, Immigration has put a huge strain on local economies, in the process of draining the Federal Reserve’s due to new immigration laws and reformations. While they are not completely right, they are also not completely wrong. In 2010, there were 39.9 million foreign born people in the United States; Forty four percent were naturalized citizens, 24 percent were legal permanent residents, 29 percent were unauthorized migrants and 3 percent were temporary legal residents (such as students or temporary workers) (Federation for American Reform 2013). Due to the substantial increase in immigration since…show more content…
In an interview with National Public Radio (NPR), Obama claimed that illegal immigrants do not burden taxpayers and are not a drain on the public resources. He said. ““If you’re concerned that somehow illegal immigrants are a drain on resources and forcing, you know, Americans to pay for services for these folks, well, every study shows that’s just not the case,” Obama claimed. “Generally, these folks don’t use a lot of services, and my executive action specifically is crafted so that they’re not a drain on taxpayers; instead, they’re going to be paying taxes, and we can make sure that they are” (Breitbart 2014). Now, of course, this is against public opinion. It is simply unbelievable that these foreign migrants are not having an effect on the way that taxes are being distributed in places where immigration has…show more content…
California is one of the states highly effected by the 3rd and 4th wave of immigration in 1875 and 1950 (NumbersUSA 2015). In 2008, the total cost of illegal immigration to L.A county taxpayers alone exceeded $1 billion. With approximately $200 million spent on public safety, 400 million for healthcare and 450 million to welfare and food stamps. “The New Americans” was an unbiased case published by the National Research Council in 1997. It was found that the taxation burden of immigration to be $1,200 per native household in California, California at this time being labeled as an immigration state, with 25% if its households headed by immigrants. Most of the immigrants were unskilled or low skilled. The study found that at that time, immigrant households contributed a net of $3- 4 to the federal budget. This causing the net burden to the United States taxpayer was $1,200 federal and $230 local. The 1997 NRC study analyzed the value to the U.S. economy of unskilled and low-skilled immigration, and ended up with a “ballpark” figure that immigration could increase the U.S. GDP by $14 billion per year. The high rates of low –skilled immigration have simply caused the supply of low-skilled workers to rise, causing wages to fall (NumbersUSA

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