Immigration Reform and the Economic Impact of Tax Revenues
The occurrence of undocumented or illegal immigration and immigration policy reform is a highly contested issue in the United States today. The US Census Bureau surveyed in 2010 that there were over 309 million people in the United States. The numbers of immigrants were surveyed to be about 40 million and it is estimated that about 11 million undocumented immigrants are in this country. The population of immigrants in California is the largest in the nation, with over twenty-five percent of all immigrants living here. While being registered as an Independent and primarily voting as a Republican, I have been against Immigration Amnesty and have favored an Immigration Policy that did not reward those for being in this country illegally. Anti-Immigration groups have implied that our schools are overcrowded, the lines in our emergency rooms are longer, our neighborhoods have more crime, immigrants take our jobs and our taxes are higher because of illegal immigration. After my initial research I could not understand how 2.8% of the total population could overburden our social resources. Would our tax revenues actually increase if there was a process for them to start citizenship? The battle for Immigration Reform has divided our country for far too long and has assisted in obstructing our economy. This inaction keeps illegal immigrants in the status quo and will systematically hindered our economic progress and stall the social progress of generations to come. I have been influenced by a media that broadcasts that most right wing conservatives staunchly opposed immigration reform and say it would break our Social Security system and we would pay out more out in taxes than our economy receives. Others say that illegals would be a drain on our economy by overrunning our social programs. Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) says. “If they’re legalized then they can collect Social Security and guess what? People with low incomes get more out of Social Security, generally speaking, than they pay in,” he argues. "So the Social Security argument is actually an argument for keeping illegal immigrants illegal because that way they won’t ever collect Social Security." (Goodkind, n.d.). I had a conversation with my realtor that was naturalized as a citizen, and he was very adamant that when he sponsored his aging aunt from the Philippians she automatically started receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The CIS and the Federation for American Reform have used this research to defend their activities against illegal immigration and presented data indicating illegal immigration damages our society and economy. Their investigations have stated that undocumented immigrants cost the US economy “at least 10 billion more than they contribute to the economy” (Correa-Cabrera and Rojas-Arenza, 2012). CIS goes further and claims that if an amnesty policy is approved that the cost to taxpayers will triple. They estimate that the “average illegal immigrant family uses $2700 more in services than it pays in taxes”. (Correa-Cabrera and Rojas-Arenza, 2012) Americans are concerned about illegal immigration as confirmed by a recent survey. Forty four percent of the people polled said that illegal immigration was “overburdening government services” (Fox, 2013), but a poll that was taken three years earlier found that 84% believed that illegal immigrants were overburdening services then. Another survey that was conducted in 2010 discovered “86% of Republicans, 64% of Democrats and 76% of Independents” had agreed with the question when asked “Illegal immigrants do more to weaken the U.S. economy because they don’t pay taxes but use public services” (Fox, 2013). In a different survey, 84% of those polled were “concerned that illegal immigrants might be putting an unfair burden on U.S....
...Have you ever really considered just how important all of the factors involved in bringing a salad to the table at your favorite restaurant? If you have not, it is important that you read this paper to understand the impact that immigrated persons have on the population, jobs, wages, services, and ultimately the economy of California. Not to mention the intricate tie the economy has to one of California’s biggest commerces; agriculture. The intention of this paper is to discuss and investigate the impact of immigrated persons on the economy of California and a look at both sides of of the argument about what could happen without a constant level maintained of immigrated persons to keep the California economy moving.
Without the immigrant workforce the commerce in the state would come to strand still. This is largely because in 2004 California had 36.6 million residents, and approximately 9.6 million of the population at that time was foreign born. This portion of the population represents more than a quarter of the total population of the state. Imagine if you will what impact the loss if a quarter of the state’s population were simply sent back to where they came from? Can we be led to believe that any commerce in the way that it functions now could endure a permanent decline in volume of 25% not to mention expected the loss of expected growth? For a single business, a decline of 25% for any length of time would...
April 28, 2013
The United States as a country faces challenges of weak economic growth and dramatic levels of projected growth in the federal debt. With ImmigrationReform it can help the United States gain economic growth and production of goods. The historical experience of legalization under the 1986ImmigrationReform and Control Act states that comprehensive immigrationreform would raise wages, create jobs, and generate additional taxrevenue. Taking the experience of IRCA, it’s been estimated that comprehensive immigrationreform would yield at least $1.5 trillion in added U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) over 10 years. Many economists believe that immigrationreform provides a net benefit. It increases demand and productivity and helps drive innovation for all of us to benefit. Relaxed immigration rules could encourage one to start businesses, increase demand for housing, raise taxrevenues and help reduce the budget deficit. The impacts of immigrationreform suggest that it will have important economic growth to the country.
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...the brave. That explains why the immigrationreform should take an initiative and take action. There have been several beliefs as in who originated in America, like the founding population of today’s Native Americans. America’s diversity spans a wide range of different peoples from various parts of the world. Throughout my research U.S Immigration has been around since 1740’s (and beyond) till now. The immigrationreform can start by granting undocumented immigrants their citizenship; establish and improvement of the arguments in legalizing illegal immigrants, and an explanation on why this should be fought for.
The immigrationreform can start by granting amnesty to illegal immigrants their citizenship. The historical development of immigration has granted many different opportunities to millions of inhabitants here in the U.S. Since 1790 starting with the Naturalization Act which states “stipulated that any alien, being a free white person, may be admitted to become a citizen of the United States,” immigration has been around even beyond that time. There have been many reviews and revisions throughout history over this great controversy by passing acts and even a system of quotas to restrict immigration. During the 1950’s and 1960’s the immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 passed. The system consisted of a...
How far were the economicreforms of Witte the most important development within Russia between 1881 and 1903?
During the Late 1800s, Russia was going through stages of economicreforms and developments. Russia faced many problems at the end of the nineteenth century. Under Minister of Finance Ivan Vyshnegradskii there had been famine because of high taxes on consumer goods which had forced peasants to sell more and more grain. The government were slow to act and, although they eventually enforced a ban on grain exports, 350,000 died of starvation or disease. Economically and industrially Russia was also falling far behind many other Western countries at the time, like Britain and Germany. When Count Witte became Minister of Finance in 1893, there was desperate need to decrease inflation, improve infrastructure and encourage foreign investment. I agree with the hypothesis that Witte’s reforms were the most important because of the reforms he put in place to secure the development of capital goods, coal, iron, steel and oil, the building blocks of future economic growth
Sergei Witte’s reforms were extremely important because he linked industrial growth with a stronger nation politically and economically, and therefore invited foreign experts from more industrialised countries like Britain, France and Germany to Russia to advise him on modernisation. In Russia,...
Team C – Sivi Contreras, Jenifer Navarro, Angela Hernandez
February 5, 2013
The debate over immigration has become one of the most heated arguments. Immigrants leave their home countries desperate need for food to feed their families, unemployment purposes, their poverty conditions environment, for those who are employed are tired of the below market wages, and the unequal treatment. Today they are about 11 million undocumented workers in the United States and Americans fear that because of this matter, immigrants will increase cost, overwhelm the country, and change American society.
ImmigrationReformImmigration statistics will prove how rapidly immigration is increasing, including the importance of the Dream Act, the Immigrationreform, and its pros and cons. Systems that will help families that want to be in the United States, but in return help the economy. The purposes of the new Immigrationreform are to accomplish a new economic picture, by creating ideas of improving our border security; workplace enforcement; to help those...
November 5, 2013
Republicans vs. Democrats: ImmigrationReform
No matter the political party, most can agree that America’s immigration system is broken. The steps toward fixing the entire immigration process include everything from border security and amnesty plans, to employment eligibility, and everything in between. While democrats are pushing for quick reforms, a compromise between the two parties is far from settled. With nearly 11 million immigrants predicted to be here illegally, efforts to fix immigration seem more than necessary.
Both Democrats and Republicans agree that border security is a definite step in the process to fix immigration. Reforms concerning border security would include adding more personnel, new technology, and better physical borders. Personnel is suspected to nearly double. New technology includes ground sensors and technology that enable border personnel to respond quicker to border infringements (Bash and Barrett). For republicans, security is a top priority. The GOP not only relate illegal immigration to this insufficient security but also believe it would prevent transports of illegal contraband, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and other types of cartel activity. Democrats also see the need for the heightened security. President Barack Obama and his administration have developed a plan that involves an...
12 November, 2014
ImmigrationReform: A Necessary Action
The evening news is ripe with controversial legislation, policy and debate from the lawmakers of the United States. Some of these include the most recent midterm elections taking place this week, with people anticipating which party will control the senate, others talk about what should be done with the growing problem of ISIS in the Middle East. Any of these topics could spark a heated conversation in any coffee house or diner in this country but perhaps there is no issue which stays on the forefront, which riles testy tempers, and which needs to be discussed so much as this country’s policies on immigration. Certainly immigration has served as a major theme of nearly every generation of this country’s existence from the early waves of settlers, to the Chinese influx during the railroad days, to the pouring in of Europeans through Ellis Island but never before has the media clung to the issue with such tenacity bringing about the public demand for change. The laws set in place are not working to restrain illegal immigration and the harshest policies are serving to destroy and rip apart communities, and drive away the hard-working and humble personalities that this country needs. Now is the time for the government to considerately review and amend laws regarding immigration to this country and provide a...
...Nonetheless, there have been a number of Immigration Acts in the United States. The first one was the Naturalization act of 1790. Then the immigration act of 1965 passed, and immigration restrictions applied to Mexican Immigrants for the first time. Nearly 30 years later in 1986, the immigrationReform and Control Act was, created which granted amnesty to immigrants that had lived in the United States before 1982. Nevertheless, this later act made it a crime for employers to hire undocumented immigrant workers. In order to create a successful ImmigrationReform Policy, the government has to consider several socioeconomic areas including border control, worker programs, education, and the economy. “All the elements of this problem must be addressed together” (Bush 2006)
Who is controlling our borders? We must secure our borders to prevent illegal crossing. The United States recognizes illegal immigration, has been an issue for decades. Creating a successful Immigrationreform policy will decrease illegal crossings. In addition, implementing more experienced Border control officers; will decrease the use of military personnel. In addition, allowing military personnel to secure our Nation not just the Mexican borders. The new policy will also need to enforce, the improved Border Control and assist Police, in being more...