After you have passed those steps, you must then prepare for an interview and if you pass this step, you are granted with a temporary visa and you have the option of later applying for citizenship (“The Immigrant Visa Process”). Thi whole process can take a very long time and many years of planning. Even when you do try to submit a petition for a visa, it depends on what country you are from because there are caps on the immigrants we allow from certain countries. For example, Mexico may only be allowed 200,000 people to be able to legally enter for a whole year and South Africa may be allowed 300,000. Certain countries definitely have more access to the United States because of political standings and agreements.
When seen in perspective of only Natives “Immigration reduces the wages of natives in competition with immigrants by an estimate of $402 billion a year, while increasing profits or the incomes of users of immigrants by an estimate $437 billion” (Camarota). Since immigrants come to this country with no previous knowledge or education because their sole purpose to come is to find more opportunities in the United States resulting in them not having a decent economic income. In the United States, immigrants or nonimmigrants, who are uneducated pay less taxes and since their economic status is of low income they receive government aid. The government helps them to be able to have a stable living to survive by giving them food, clothing, schooling, etc. But comparing illegal and legal immigrants, those who are legalized receive more welfare for the fact that they are more eligible to more programs.
They come searching for job opportunities due to the lack of jobs that an individual can get. In “Immigrants do jobs native won’t do”, Caplen (2016) writes that immigrants perform different jobs in the host country such as maintenance, construction and building, companies, factories and security companies. Those jobs are categorized as minimum wage jobs that are mainly occupied by immigrants. Jahateh (2012) writes that some countries suffer from high unemployment rate such as Gambia with 22 percent unemployment rate while the other 40 percent are those who are employed but live below the poverty line. That is why many Gambians immigrate to Europe in search for a job opportunity.
A person’s rights shouldn’t be determined by where they were born, but rather by what they can do; what that person is capable to do contribute to that nation. Many don’t know this, but a significant amount of immigrants fought in the US civil war. Should the people who help our ancestors get your freedom, not deserve to have their children educated? “It is estimated that 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants lived in the U.S. in 2011. Unauthorized immigration peaked at 12.0 million in 2007 1 million of those 12.0 million were children under the age of 18 as of now it has increased; it is estimated about half (46%) of the immigrants are underage”(Pew Research Center).
At young ages, the DREAMERS didn’t have any say in the decision to come to the United States or not. Many have never lived in their “home” country long enough to call it their own and they will actually contribute to the U.S. economy. Some say that these illegal immigrants steal jobs and spots at universities from legal Americans. But, they add to the economy with good jobs they could get and good education. The DREAMERS contribute to the workforce just like legal Americans.
Immigration has always been a major part of American history. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people travel to the United States in search of a better life. Of the 1.49 million immigrants who traveled to the United States in 2016, 150,400 immigrants were from Mexico. There have also been many people from Mexico who have immigrated illegally to America, with 5.6 million Mexican unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. in 2015 and 2016. The large scale of immigration, both legal and illegal, has brought up issues such as national security and the U.S. economy.
Our current immigration system is broken, harms our economy, and does not reflect our values as a nation. Without true immigration reform, we suffer severe economic, cultural, fiscal and political strains in communities across America. Immigration has become an urging issue in legislation on both the national and state levels. Immigration legislation made the policy agenda in all 50 states in 2007, with 46 states enacting into law a total of 240 immigration-related bills. This proposal of the “Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2015” (H.R.213) stands out as the most promising measure to fix part of the problems.
In America, our great nation is facing an immigration problem. As of 2014 there was an estimate of twelve million illegal citizens in the United States (Cairco.org). There is an average of 700,000 illegal citizens who enter every year (Cairco.org). Immigration is important to the prosperity of our country. However, the government needs to take the proper steps to ensure that each immigrant enters legally.
In some people’s minds, they automatically assume yes, but in reality, it’s a no, immigrants tend to perform labor, and do minimal jobs that Americans don’t, and won't do, so they mistake that as immigrants taking ‘Americans job’, but it’s actually a missed opportunity. One reason for people not taking the jobs is because of the hours, the next reason is the pay might not satisfy a legal immigrant, and people born in America, another reason is it wouldn’t be able to support a regular American family, but they will be able to support an illegal immigrant. The downside is that the policymakers disagreement is the weak labor since the spread immigrants flow has made a dramatic change seeing that the H-B has issued down by twenty- five percent in 2010. The last reasoning is American people want to have a debate on if immigration is stealing American jobs, but according to evidence immigrants actually increases job opportunity and incomes of Americans. This is wise because even George G. Borjas’s long-run estimates suggest that immigrants raise the wages of people with high school diplomas.”- Newsweek, DON’T BLAME IMMIGRANTS FOR DRIVING DOWN WAGES.