In this research paper I will prove that illegal and legal immigrants are not burdens on the U.S. economy. I will prove this by providing facts on the positive impact to the United States educational system, the job industry, and public assistant programs. Immigrants pay taxes, shop, and buy real estate all of these are positive impacts to the economy. Immigrants that come to the U.S. for an education and graduate and become our doctors, scientist and computer experts are better accepted. They are contributing to the economy and at the same time benefiting the citizens of the U.S. How many natives want their doctors or scientist that have created cures for illnesses or that come up with the latest computer program to go back to their own country? A very, very few of natives would say that. The U.S. is a melting pot. Education is the key to success in the United States. Immigrants know that education is the way to get ahead and make their dreams come true in this country. The U.S. is run by the government and different employers and employees. Immigrants hold very important roles in our economy. Jobs that do not require high school diplomas and jobs that require college degrees, such as bachelor degrees or better. Immigrants that have college degrees in math and science programs are very important to our economy. Ralph E. Gunter, Ph.D. states that In 1975, the United States ranked third in the world in the percentage of students who received degrees in science and engineering. In 2005 the United States was 17th in the world. By 2008, more than 90% of all scientists and engineers in the world were living in Asia. Bachelor’s degrees in science and engineering make up 60% of the total degrees earned in China while only about 30% of the degrees in the United States in 2004 were in science and engineering. In China in 2005 350,000 engineers graduated. (para.4) Immigrants that have a college degree in a math or science fields have more legal opportunities to enter the country. There are still not enough visas issued even for these immigrants that would be a plus to our country. For immigrants that hold positions that do not require a high school diploma have no legal way to immigrate in to the United States. A higher level of education and training accomplished by immigrants is one of the major components of an economic competitiveness strategy for the state and the nation, a strategy that will benefit both the native born residents and the immigrants and their children. Foreign students are a benefit to the economy as well as to our colleges and our corporations. Foreign students give American experience with different cultures sense it is less likely that Americans will go out of the country to get an education. This will give Americans experience that they will definitely use in their careers rather it is in business, medicine/science, or our government. According to U.S. Department of Commerce (2007), “Educational exchange is one of the leading American service export industries.”(p.108). According to the Open Doors 2006 survey “The 564,766 students that were enrolled in the 2005-2006 academic year contributed almost $13.5 billion to the U.S. economy.” (p.108) The Open Doors 2006 survey also notes that “California and New York were the states that benefited the most due to the large number of foreign students the states received $2.1 billion and $1.8 billion. High skilled immigrants account for almost half of the PhD. engineers, life scientist, physical scientists, and math and computer scientist in the U.S.” (p.109) The only visa that may be a close fit is the “H-2B” visa. Many of the jobs that rely on H-2B workers are in rapidly growing industries that need increasing numbers of workers. They are given to 66,000 immigrants each year. As a result, in 2003, 2004, and 2005, the annual allotment of 66,000 visas ran out by March. This caused a lot of problems for businesses that depend on these workers. An estimated...
Illegal Immigrants Are They A Stress On Our Economy. |
Joanna Przyborski |
Illegal immigration is an issue that has been highly debated in the United States for decades, and the effects of these immigrants will be for many to come, especially with the country in a recession and many people in economic trouble. December 1, 2008 the National Bureau of Economic Research officially declared the U.S. in a recession. Before 2007, U.S. economy has grown in 23 of the last 25 years. During this period, the U.S. attracted record numbers of new immigrants. The U.S. foreign-born population had quadrupled from 9.6 million in 1970 to 38.1 million in 2007. In the past decade, more than one million immigrants have entered this country legally each year and about another 500,000 entered illegally. Immigrants from Latin America (including Mexico) account for 54% of all immigrants, compared to 18% in 1970. Asians account for 27% compared to 9% in 1970. Europe and Canada decreased from 68% in 1970 to 15% today. (Terrazas 2009)
According to a 2007 Gallop poll 46% of Americans, believe that immigrants are making the economic situation worse. On the other hand, yearly we gain between one billion and 10 billion of the gross domestic product because of immigration. Likewise, the increase in immigration presents many problems today many believe that...
...Effects of Immigration on the Canadian Economy
Canada is known globally as the “nation of immigrants”. Canada’s current population is currently almost 35 000 000 (34 957 572 and counting).1 Over 6 million (19%) of these are immigrants.2 Canada has a current immigration rate of 240 000 to 265 000 immigrants a year.3 Currently provinces Ontario, British Colombia and Alberta hold most of Canada’s immigrants, with 28% in Ontario, 27% in British Colombia, 16% in Alberta and the remaining 29% scattered throughout the country.2 Many Canadians believe immigration harms the economy as jobs are taken by immigrants. In reality immigration is very beneficial to the Canadian economy. Canada is highly reliant on immigration to keep its economy growing. Also immigration increases productivity. And finally, the biggest benefit of immigration is that immigrants increases demand.
In comparison to most developed countries, Canada has a very low population. With an area of 9 985 000 km2, it only has a population of 34 957 779.4The United States for example on the other hand has an area of 9 827 000km2 and has a population of 311 591 917.4 Like many other countries Canada also has a declining birth rate. Some reasons for this are, women focusing more on their careers, rather than starting a family, couples having children...
...Immigration and Its Effect on the Economy of the U.S
The 1990s have brought the largest influx of immigrants into labor force of the
United States of any decade in this nation's history. A panel of social science
scholars concluded their assessment of U.S. society with the observation that
"America's biggest import is people" and determined that "at a time when
attention is directed to the general decline in American exceptionalism,
Americanimmigration continues to flow at a rate unknown elsewhere in the world"
[Oxford Analytica 1986, 20]. Unlike earlier mass immigration periods to the
United States the present day wave of immigration to the U.S. show "no sign of
imminent decline" [Bouvier 1991, 18]. "In today's world setting, international
migration is a discretionary action that is regulated by the specific actions of
the governments of individual nation-states." There is no international
obligation for any nation to allow others to enter or to work, in fact, most
nations do not admit immigrants for permanent settlement
Mass immigration has played a significant role in the economic history of the
United States, nevertheless the harsh fact is that what may be necessary and
beneficial at one time, may not be so at another. The demand for labor is being
affected by "restructuring forces stemming from the nature and pace of
technological change; from the stiff...
...The Effects of Illegal Immigration on the American Economy
To many, the purpose of life is to make it as enjoyable as possible. This is the principle of immigration. For America, with its extremely high standard of living, immigration is quickly becoming a problem. Illegal immigration to America is causing internal conflict in many areas, but one of the hardest hit is the economy.
The success of the United States is the sole reason for the mass immigration that it receives every year. The average immigrant is in search of a better lifestyle, one where he can work to support his family and earn enough to have feed his children. He hears of "The American Dream" and that America is the land of the free. So, he decides to come to this great country he hears about.
Since opening our borders to anybody and everybody would cost us our national identity, we must limit the number of immigrants accepted each year. This leads to illegal immigration, because those who are not allowed or who do not want to go through the procedure of entering legally decide to come into our country anyway. This uninhibited movement causes great tension and stress to our nation foundation.
The United States economy is the powerhouse of the world, but it is not as strong as it can be. One issue that greatly effects the strength of the...
...Immigration has a positive effect on the economy
I. Supporting Arguments
A. Immigration provides a small net boost to the economy
Immigrants provide cheap labor, lover the prices of everything from produce to new homes and leave consumers with a little more money in their pockets. they also replenish-and help fund benefits for- an aging American labor force that will retire in huge numbers over the next few decades. Also, an increase in the number of American workers is needed to prevent the U.S. from having too few working age adults to pay for retiree benefits in a few decades, as many European nations currently do.1
B. Immigrant workers will increase federal revenues
Providing legal status to undocumented immigrants would increase federal revenue by $48 billion and would only result in $23 billion in additional costs to public services, leaving a surplus of $25 billion in revenue for the government. About half of immigrant workers contribute payroll taxes to programs like social security that they are ineligible to receive benefits from. The Social Security Administration’s chief actuary estimates that undocumented immigrants have already contributed between $120 billion and $240 billion into the Social Security Trust Fund, from which they will never see a penny. Extending work authorization to more immigrants will only increase these contributions.
...Immigrating actually means the act of non-native people moving to a new place to settle there, but illegal immigration is the act of living in a country without the country government permission and Lack of documentation is what makes illegal immigration illegal. Immigration has been in existence for a very long time. In the past few years immigration has brought new people from other parts of the world to the Unite State of America. These waves have been comprised of Western Europeans, Central Americans, Asians, Africans and other ethnic groups as well. The causes of immigration are varied and personal; the effects are still being debated and studied. Illegal immigration has been a problem for United States for a long time. This phenomenon is not new and thousands of illegal immigrants have come into US through either the Mexico border, the Pacific Ocean, or through many other ways. Some people have entered the country legally through a visit visa, but decided to stay illegally, working in various places. This paper will explain some facts pertinent to effect of illegal immigration in the United States.
Furthermore, illegal immigration has various effects on economy of America because illegal immigrants work less than average American citizen. For that reason, illegal immigrants are favored by business...
...What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of immigration? What is the United States’ current Immigration Policy? Would you even think that it is considered to be one of the most debatable topics today? Nowadays, many people decide to immigrate to have a better life for themselves and their families. Immigration reform, as it has been called, had been tried during the past years by our very own Congress. Obviously, administration's efforts failed because, currently, illegal immigration is still a platform. Why would anyone expect that immigration reform would be accomplished this time around? The "illegal" problem will solve itself over time.
Illegal immigration is a serious problem in the United States and is one of the most controversial issues. During the 1980s and 1990s, illegal immigration was a round-the-clock issue for “political debate,” as immigrants continued to immigrate to the United States, mainly through Canada and Mexico. In the beginning of the 1960s, immigration reform had heightened because of the civil rights movement going on in the United States. According to "U.S. Immigration Since 1965" published on history.com, the reason for change is that “immigration [is] based on the national-origins quota system in place since the 1920s, under which each nationality [is] assigned a quota based on...
...Illegal immigrants entering the United States from other countries has played a major impact on the quality of life of our society. The majority of Americans believe there are no benefits to United States citizens by having illegal immigrants remain in this country. Much of the funding that would typically go to tax paying citizens is now being directed to programs for illegal immigrants, which do not make enough money to financially support themselves and their families. To date, the largest costs that have been paid out to as a result of illegal immigration are Medicaid ($2.5 billion); treatment for the uninsured ($2.2 billion); food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC and free school lunches ($1.9 billion); the federal prison and court systems ($1.6 billion); and federal aid to schools ($1.4 billion). (Camarota, 2004) Taxpayers should not have to absorb the costs for education, medical care, welfare or incarceration for those that were not invited to this country.
An estimated two thirds of illegals who are house hold heads lack a high school diploma. (Camarota, 2004) Without adequate education, illegal immigrants subject themselves to jobs set aside for unskilled workers with low paying salaries. Due to the fact that many of the illegal immigrants live below the poverty level, money must be allocated for funding to help offset the costs of necessities such as education. The 1982 Supreme Court Case of Plyer vs. Doe makes it illegal to deny...