The issue of immigration has been around since 1965. Even those who do not support immigration know how much America has benefitted since immigrants came into the United States. Immigration seems to be a huge issue to many U.S. citizens, because it increases competition in job markets, which leaves many U.S. citizens without jobs. People fear losing their jobs to illegal immigrants, especially those that is less fortunate. Some believe that immigrants are the cause of many crimes, blaming them for the increasingly high rate of crime in America.
There are countless reasons saying immigrants benefit America, Ryan McCready states “The main reason immigrants are so good for America is their ability to create new things not only jobs but inventions as well. Immigrants are involved in the making of inventions that help humanity, 76% of patent have an immigrant involved in the invention; In 2016 there were 6 American Nobel prize winners all of them were born outside of this
Immigrants from all over have helped the states and other countries become much better, for their own good and their future. They are not here to take over, just to secure themselves and their families. Just because they are here from a different country doesn’t mean they don’t pay taxes. You work, you pay taxes like no
People from all over the world came to the US for many reasons, and with them came their culture. The US is considered today as a place where, for the most part, all people and cultures are accepted. This can all be traced back to the immigrants that came to the US in the late 1800s. These people brought their customs and traditions to the US and allowed the people to really experience how other people around the world live. Foods, religions, governments, and ideals are just some of the many thing immigrants brought to the US that overall made the US a much more complex country.
The Economic Benefits of Immigration Aseel Al Mohammadi Zayed University Martin and Midgley states that immigrants now are 31 million individuals in United States (as cited in Stewart and Jameson, 2013). Immigration is sometimes a process of traveling from one’s native country to another due to lack of job opportunities or disasters. According to Stewart & Jameson (2013), the U.S is considered to be a nation of immigrants and it strikes fear into citizen’s hearts because of the potential affect of immigrants on the labor market. Some people think that immigration should be stopped because there are negative effects to the economy. However, Immigration should be encouraged because there are obvious benefits to the economy of the host country
I believe that it is certainly not true. According to economists who have analyzed local labor markets have mostly failed to find large effects of immigrants of employment and wages of U.S born workers (Borjas, 2006). The most accurate way to measure the impact of immigration on economy is to analyze the effects dynamically over time. Data shows that immigrants expand the U.S. economy’s productive capacity, stimulate investment, and promote specialization which in the long run boosts productivity, and there is no evidence that these effects take places at the expense of jobs for native-born workers (Perri, 2010). These studies systematically analyze how immigrants affect total output, income per worker, and employment in both the short and long run.
In the early 19th century, millions of immigrants from Europe had traveled to the United States to escape difficulties faced in their native lands such as poverty and religious persecution. Italian, German, Irish, and many other eastern European immigrants sought the prosperous and wealthy lifestyle advertised in the land of opportunity, the United States. However, after settling down they often faced the difficulties they had fled from as well as sentiments of prejudice and mistrust from the American people. Most immigrants were discriminated against due to their religious beliefs as well as their language barriers which fostered the beliefs that they were intellectually inferior to Americans. However, the American economy needed both skilled and unskilled workers and the migration of European immigrants to large cities allowed them to fill the growing number of factory jobs for unskilled workers.
The author Steven Camarota argued that immigrants and natives compete within one another to get a job. Immigrants migrating to the U.S. is affecting the gross domestic product and it is not benefiting the native-born population. The article “Immigration’s Economic Impact,” highlights some important facts that immigrants benefit the U.S. labor force and the income of natives in a positive way. The article gives brief examples on how immigrants contribute to the economy when they purchase items. According to Bush “In this scenario the opportunity to work abroad temporarily can help finance large purchases or investments (like a house, car, or new business) in home
Immigration’s principal effect on the American economy is it’s increase of the total national GDP by approximately 11% annually. This may seem to be wildly beneficial to the nation; however, George Borjas, an economist at the Harvard Kennedy School of Economics, states “This ‘contribution’ to the aggregate economy, however, does not measure the net benefit to the native-born population. Of the $1.6 trillion increase in GDP, 97.8 percent goes to the immigrants themselves in the form of wages and benefits” (Borjas). Borjas’ research clearly indicates that the net economic benefit of immigration for the native population of America is practically nonexistent. Furthermore, immigration not only does not benefit the native population but negatively affects it.
Immigrants provide this country with an immeasurable number of benefits, and limiting immigration will only leave the United States at a disadvantage to other countries. Immigration laws have also been very controversial about their morality and their actions can outrageously impact families lives forever. The future of immigration laws is unknown, but prohibiting immigration is not the answer the United States needs. Immigrants have been moving into the US for hundreds of