The Effects Of Illegal Immigration
On American Society
Social problems exist everywhere in society today. Economic and poverty related issues tend to be among the ones we blame other people for. For example, illegal immigrants. Many Americans believe that illegal immigrants have contributed to these issues but are they truly making the economy and country worse? Just under a million immigrants arrive in the United States each year. For this reason, the United States has often been called a nation of immigrants. The United States is unique in the fact that we are a 'melting pot' for so many different cultures, races, and religions in the world. Our immigrant past has helped us mold a national character. For the last several centuries, various ethnic, cultural, and social groups have come to the United States to reunite with their loved ones, seek economic opportunity, and to find a safe place from religious and political persecution (Schneider 2011). One of the negative impacts of undocumented immigration is the low-wage jobs that they work for where they receive payments in cash, and therefore, are not subject to federal tax deductions. Although this is a significantly negative impact on the United States economy, there are also some positive impacts of undocumented immigration as well. Some positive impacts include: increasing of incomes of U.S. families, complementing skilled workers, performing manually intensive jobs to provide more communicative jobs to natives, and post-boom generation's burden to finance their retirement. We need to compare the negative impacts the immigrants have on our society with the positive impacts, before we assume whether or not they are benefiting our economy and overall country.
Immigrants, like natives, are drawn to expanding cities, making it harder to draw conclusions about the causal effect of immigrant inflows on population growth. Unlike natives, immigrants are particularly attracted to cities with historical significance of earlier immigrants. Due to popular accessibility of immigrants entering the United States, it has become a country of immigrants. It currently lets in about 1.25 million immigrants per year. The effects of these immigrants coming in are controversial, because of their size and their composition. About 35 to 40 % of new arrivals are undocumented immigrants from Mexico and Central America, with little education and limited English skills (Passel 2005). Although a quarter of immigrants, from countries like India and China are highly skilled, people of current immigration policy often emphasize the presumed negative effects of lower-skilled people in the overall economy (e.g., Rector, Kim and Watkins 2007). Even the most highly skilled immigrants are predominately non-white, contributing to the growing presence of visible minorities in the U.S. population (Passel 2005). Visible minorities in the population shouldn't be a negative effect though, shouldn't it be embraced? Why should lower-skilled people be posed as a negative effect on the overall economy of United States?
The issue of immigration on average wages of native workers is very important, because it is not a negative effect but a positive one if closely examined. Skilled native-born workers are faced with a choice of either accepting lower pay or not working in the field at all. Labor economists have concluded that undocumented workers have lowered the wages of U.S. adults without a high-school diploma. The impact on everyone else, though, is surprisingly positive. Giovanni Peri, an economist at the University of California, Davis, wrote a series of papers comparing the labor markets in states with high immigration levels to those with low ones. He concluded that undocumented workers do not compete with skilled laborers, they complement them. Economies work best when workers become specialized and divide up tasks among themselves. Pedro Chan's (Davidson,...
...What Are SocialProblems?
A socialproblem is a condition that at least some people in a community view as being undesirable. Socialproblems directly or indirectly affect a person or many members of a society and are considered to be problems, controversies related to moral values or both. A few examples of socialproblems include murder, drug abuse etc.
A social issue (also called a socialproblem or a social situation) is an issue that relates to society's perception of a person's personal life. Different cultures have different perceptions and what may be "normal" behavior in one society may be a significant social issue in another society. Social issues are distinguished from economic issues. Some issues have both social and economic aspects, such as immigration. There are also issues that don't fall into either category, such as wars.
List of social issues
Personal issues versus social issues
Personal issues are those that individuals deal with themselves and within a small range of their peers and relationships. On the other hand, social issues threaten values cherished by widespread society. For example, the unemployment rate of 7.8 percent in the U.S. as of...
...be a fulltime student. But today as I am writing this paper, I am glad that I did not drop it because I have learned so much and still learning. Throughout the course, there are some key terms that really change my way off thinking or added to my knowledge. For this final assignment, I had in mind to write a paper about Diabetes in the US or immigration. However, this would not be fair for me because there are some key concepts that help me understand better the course the society as whole. Socialproblems, correlation, causation, sweatshop, alienation, Mcdonalization, capitalism, extreme poverty, technology, and environmental problems are the ten concepts I will be discussing.
The first key term that changed my way off thinking is Socialproblems. Through the lecture, I learned that a problem become a socialproblem only when a segment of the population find it harmful to the society and that a solution is needed. This is my first key term because understanding it is the foundation of studying socialproblems. Before knowing it, all problems were social or none of them were social for because I did not know the differences between problems. From learning this, many questions have raised into my mind: How many people are included in the...
Anxiety and Depression in Adolescence: A SocialProblem
6 November 2012
Anxiety and Depression in Children & Adolescence: A SocialProblem
Anxiety and depression in adolescence has become an increasing issue in society as time has progressed. Rates of high school students who qualify for the criteria that meet a mental disorder are 6-8 times higher than the same age group in the 1960’s. A test given to high school students over the years called the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Index (MMPI) gives us data from 1938 (“Marsh”). The test is a personal survey asking students to answer questions about themselves on a scale from strongly agree to strongly disagree (ex. I am happy today). Mental disorder rates are higher today than during the great depression, WWII, and the cold war. So why is this happening? A factor many experts agree on is a switch from an internal locus of control to an external. A majority of teens today don’t feel as though they are in control of their own fate and that can cause a lot of stress. This is partial credit is due to the way our society is shaped today; we have made a major shift from an emphasis on play to an emphasis on work. Kids are asked to grow up much earlier. Children and teens are becoming anxious at a much larger rate than in past years. The culture we now live in puts much more pressure on young people at a younger age,...
...America offers great job opportunities and a healthy environment to live. Some of the reasons for leaving their homeland to become residents in America are: wealth, prosperity, hardship, poverty and family. Sometimes, their previous country they resided does not provide enough money to live. Nothing in the world is free and sometimes jobs are not so easy to get, especially with no education. Most immigrants live in poverty, and with no education, jobs do not come easily, making it hard to live in their country. America offers both, education and job opportunities. Now is the time for the government of the United States to considerately review and pass laws regarding immigration to this country and provide a modern, safe and reasonable system for immigration.
A reason why America is affected and objects to immigration, is the population, it brings cheap labor and it lowers America's living standards. A long time ago, America had room for immigrants and welcomed foreign visitors, until about ninety years ago that changed. Congress passed a law limiting the numbers of immigrants. Since 1908 migrant labor has been part of America all along, doing America’s dirty work. America, even though one of the strongest country, cannot survive without Immigrants. There are more than 10 million undocumented workers in the United States. Most of these illegal workers are concentrated in the south border from California trough Texas, although...
...the hardships and the tyrannies of their native lands. We pride ourselves on being the “land of the free”, and yet we cannot seem to give the simple right of marriage to the members of our gay community. The very first lines of the document of which our country was founded upon states that: “All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Is the right to marry whom you wish not a part of each of these rights listed? The homosexual community are discriminated against in the fact that they are not allowed to marry and have a long-lasting, positive relationship, just the same as their fellow heterosexual Americans. As this problem continues to be argue and discussed, more people are seeing that our homosexual population does in fact deserve the right to marry and take part in the federal benefits that go with marriage. Sadly, however, there are still people that do not find that idea to be a good one. Gay marriage should be legalized and recognized by the federal government for many reasons, but mostly because homosexuality is not something that someone chooses, and for the many benefits that married homosexual couples could bring.
Historical and Conceptual Background
Homosexuals as a people throughout history have been present in our lives. They are our mail carriers, our doctors, and even our congress members. Most of the time we do not...
“America is the land of the second chance - and when the gates of the prison open, the path ahead should lead to a better life.” George W. Bush (BrainyQuote® 1). One of our presidents made the statement that leads many to believe that success isn’t only what you choose to do with your life; it is where you choose to do it. Immigration is such a relevant and pressing topic in the minds of millions in our growing society. The news constantly covers stories of today’s youth striving to become what their parents brought them to this country for. Our country is full of promises and dreams of making what we thought impossible, become possible. Illegal immigrants deserve to be part of this country.
The mind set of an illegal immigrant isn’t one of failure or lack of determination; it is one of growing hope and perseverance to escape a country where opportunity and success is limited. There is a large number of people flocking to our country for that American dream; vast numbers of people with the potential to revive our dying economy. Immigrants not only boost our strength as a country, but they help create a better tomorrow for those of us who are weakening at the thought of another depression.
What do we do about this epidemic that has hit our country in such a way that we are creating loopholes and opportunities for those who still have doubts about the success of our country? What is there behind the curtain of success that others...
...John M. Osterman
Problems of ImmigrationImmigration is a major problem facing in the United States today. Hundreds of thousands of immigrants come to this country every year. Some legally and others illegally. Some come due to their countries economic situation and try to enhance their family’s style of living. Others come to seek out the “American Dream”. Either way they are hurting the economy of the country and causing nationwideproblems. Non-English speaking workers take jobs away from the American people because they will work for cheaper wages. Illegal immigrants receive welfare and health care and the money to fund this comes straight from us, the United States citizens. We need to do something about this problem before it gets too late.
As time has passed and millions of immigrants have entered this country the United States still maintains a welcoming attitude towards these people. Desperate to become part of the booming American culture, thousands upon thousands immigrants have begun entering this country every year illegally. Not knowing the laws set forth by the American government, these immigrants enter the country and unnoticeably camouflage themselves into our culture. With the influence of several factors such as large borders and unruly citizens who refuse to uphold the law, the government essentially allows these individuals to enter this country and cause some major...
Table of Contents
Introduction – Pages 2-3
Ethnicity – Pages 3–5
Immigration – Pages 5-10
Conclusion – Page 10
Works Cited – Page 11
Professor Clement Mbom
Core 3101 Literature, Ethnicity, and Immigration
*Topic – 8-10 page paper on Ethnicity & Immigration
Professor Clement Mbom
Core 3101 Literature, Ethnicity, and Immigration
From the air we breathe to the food we eat, we as people are all the same. Whether it may be light skin or dark skin, characteristics in which make us different on the outside differ, not because we want it to, but because of our ancestral history. History shows us that because of a person’s location, adaptation to that location occurs. For instance, history shows us that people of darker skin are found in countries closer to the equator because more pigment is needed in a persons genetic makeup in order to withdraw themselves from the various diseases and effects that may be obtained from standing in the sun for an extended period of time.
There are several causes and disparities of external traits or appearances that divide us into several groupings or categories which are called “races.” In other words, races categorize people through socially significant hereditary traits. With the term “races” clarified, the term racism can be better understood. However, this term has...