“Undocumented immigrants contribute significantly to state and local taxes, collectively paying an estimated $11.64 billion a year’’(qtd. in “Is Illegal Immigration An Economic Burden To America?”). The U.S. would lose billions of dollars in taxes if they were to be deported. Not only do they pay their taxes, but they also help raise GDP. (“10 Critical Pros And Cons Of Illegal Immigration” ).
If it wasn’t for them, the U.S economy wouldn’t be where it stands now. In recent discussions of whether immigrants should be deported, there has been sides where immigration would be good for our country and others disagree. Some believe that immigrants should be allowed to stay in our country, because they believe our economy wouldn’t be good without them and many businesses rely on immigrants working for them. On the other hand, the other side believe that immigrants are overpopulating the U.S and don’t have the money to support all of these immigrants (education/jobs.) Immigrants should be allowed to remain in the country because many families would be separated, they are already accustomed to the American society, and they contribute to the economy.
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
Matt O’Brien stated in his article “The government thinks that 10.8 million illegal immigrants lived in the country in January 2009, down from a peak of nearly 12 million in 2007.”(Para, 2) While some argue that illegal immigrants burden the United States of America and its economy, others believe that they have become essential and are an important part of the US, economy. Illegal immigration has helped in the nation’s economic growth by enabling businesses to prosper as the illegal immigrants have provided cheap labor and long hours of hard work. Businesses benefit from illegal immigration by saving a large amount of money since they are not providing insurance both medical and retirement plans for their illegal workers. This results in a lower production cost for the companies and lower prices of goods and services for everyone. Although illegal immigrants may not contribute directly to the economy of the nation in the
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
Currently America is failing to help new immigrants seeking legal citizenship gain it and is not upholding its part of the deal. Although gaining citizenship seems like a simple thing on paper, it is truly more difficult. America gains the majority of its illegal immigrants from Mexico, totaling just under half, which is currently 5.4 million people ("5 facts about illegal immigration in the U.S."). If there were more attainable methods of gaining citizenship, this would allow these people to become bigger contributors to society. Even though illegal immigrants only make up about three and a half percent of America’s population, they are slightly over five percent of the workforce (Billups).
American Dream and Immigration Immigration has been a sensitive topic and is one of the domestic issues in the United States for the past few years. “Which is ironic, given that this country was founded upon and built by immigrants” (Edward Hudgins). Millions of immigrants have proceeded to advance to the United States with the goal in mind of achieving their American Dream. The American Dream has a different significance for each person, but it’s all tied to the same idea that it’s people’s aspiration in life. In which people from various countries come to the United States to gain prosperity and a stable place in life.
Becoming a United States citizen is a long and dreary process, and applying for citizenship if you are residing in the United States illegally is practically impossible without the fear of being deported. Some argue that illegal immigrants have an unfair advantage because they do not have to pay taxes and other legal fees, but they do contribute economically to the society with billions of dollars per year. Becoming a United States Citizen The easiest way to become a citizen is to be a natural born citizen. According to the 14th Amendment, a natural born citizen means that someone was born in the United States automatically being granted legal status. Another way of being a legal United States citizen without applying for citizenship, is when either the biological or adoptive parents of that child became or were already United States citizens before the child turned eighteen years old.
The nation's financial aid system currently fails to provide an equal opportunity to everyone qualified. with high amounts of student loan debts has been shown to reduce a person's chances of owning a home, getting married, having children, and accumulating wealth. The earnings for a full time minimum wage worker is $15,080 at the federal minimum wage of $7.25. Full-time work means working 2,080 hours each year, which is 40 hours each week. A better educated population could result in smarter decision making at every level of society, which could lead to
legally, that our system is biased toward people who can afford to pay their way in.” (In-text Citations) The current immigration system and the number of visas that are available makes it even harder to people that don’t have that kind of money to enter the country, so “illegal entry becomes the way immigrants respond to the lure of jobs with higher wages than what they would be able to find in their current country” (In-text Citation). A person that I have spoken with and shared her opinions about unauthorized immigrants, and she said, “People come and stay in the states undocumented, they were desperate to have a better life and even though it’s against the law to work here paperless; they still do it because of desperation.” But, immigrating is not all about just seeking for better opportunity to have a better life, but also, people come to the U.S. to reunite with their family that has been away from them for a long time. For example, the U.S. opened Bracero Program which brought millions of Mexican to the states to take jobs at the farm, and after the U.S. government terminate the program, many of workers stayed and continued working in the farm illegally (In-text
In my experience, legal immigrant workers work harder and are more productive than native born U.S. citizens when it comes to physical labor. If a U.S.-born citizen gets beat out for a job because they were not as motivated to work as the immigrant that was hired, then I consider it to be the unmotivated worker’s fault that they are unemployed not the immigrants fault. However, I agree that immigration “employment-based visas” should be issued according to “labor market conditions” (Kallick). Furthermore, I disagree with many of the government’s legislative attempts to “defer the deportations” of illegal immigrants (Nakamura). The reasons I disagree with these attempts are all monetary based.
or many years the United States has been considered by many people to be the land of opportunity where anyone can come to achieve a better life. Like anywhere in the world the immigration of people both legally and illegally has helped shape America’s population and economy. In the U.S. there are millions of illegal immigrants that struggle to find a way to live as well as legal immigrants who abide by American law and still struggle to get by. As a result of the large inflow of foreign-born people into the United States, in recent decades immigration has singularly increased the presence of foreign-born workers in America. There have been many heated debates surrounding the impact of these immigrants on the U.S. workforce and economy.
Another argument is that illegal people (who enter a country) have a negative effect on the (process of people making, selling, and buying things) as they do not pay taxes and take benefits they do not deserve. However, in a study done by the Institute of Taxation and Money-based Policy (ITEP), it was found that illegal people (who enter a country) do pay taxes, with a guess (of a number) of $10.6 billion in 2010, meaning they are paying an average of 6.4 per cent of their income. To compare they found that the top 1% paid 5.6% of their total income in taxes, this way (not having legal papers/not recorded anywhere) people (who enter a country) actually pay more in taxes compared with their income, than their similar person or thing. A third reason for legalising illegal people (who enter a country) is that everyone deserves equal rights as human beings. Many people move from their own country to the US because they look (for) better opportunities, freedom, and rights.
Odds are, they chose to come the U.S. because they were dissatisfied with their home country. Regarding illegal immigrants that reside in the United States, half of them are considered illegal because they have overstayed their temporary visa stays (Illegal Immigration 30). This does not make them criminals, this just means they do not wish to go back to their home country in hope for a better life in the United States. If an immigrant’s status is made legal, these workers could be just as easily absorbed into the economy. In conclusion, immigrants are unlikely to commit crimes, and more likely to devote to the American way of
Many would argue that because there are so many immigrants, they take jobs and opportunities from native-born citizens. Which can be true, most immigrants take jobs in the economy, which are vacant, but they are paid low wages and have no benefits. However, I don’t think they are taking our jobs.