21 March 2011
Undocumented Workers Benefiting America
Contrary to what most Americans believe, illegal immigrants are not causing our economy to weaken, in fact, they are causing just the opposite. Immigration enforcement has increased greatly in the past few years and undocumented immigrant workers are being deported much more frequently. America refuses to recognize the positive impact these illegal workers have on our economy. Without the surplus of illegal immigrant workers in the U.S. our country’s economy would suffer greatly. Illegal immigrant workers help our economy flourish and they positively influence the American workforce. Even though the effect illegal immigrants have on this country is a hot topic of conversation, the majority of Americans are unaware of the facts regarding their presence. A report was done by D’Vera Cohn and Jeffrey S. Passel of the PEW Hispanic Center; in February of this year that established national and state trends in regards to the unauthorized immigrant population for the year 2010. In March of 2010 an estimated 11.2 million unauthorized immigrants were living in America, representing 3.7 percent of the total U.S population of 305,999,000 people (Cohn and Passel 15). An estimated 8 million unauthorized immigrants were apart of the U.S. workforce, accounting for 5.2 percent of the total U.S. workforce of 154,939,000 people (Cohn and Passel 21). PEW also included estimates for Illinois in its report. In 2010, Illinois had a total population of 12,840,000 people, unauthorized immigrants accounted for 4.1 percent of the states population totaling 525,000 people (Cohn and Passel 14). Pew also estimated that a total number of 6,719,000 people made up Illinois’ labor force; unauthorized immigrant workers represented 5.6 percent of the total labor force, totaling 375,000 people (Cohn and Passel 14). It is believed by many Americans that illegal immigrant workers pay no taxes for the money they make and still benefit from federal and state relief programs. Those who believe this to be true are ill informed. An article written Bruce Mauriello entitled, Tax-paying Illegal Workers Contribute to the Economy, addresses the positive influence illegal workers have on the U.S. economy. Illegal immigrants do in fact pay multiple federal and state taxes, however, these undocumented workers are unable to benefit from federal and state aid programs. Statistics recorded by the National Council of La Raza states that undocumented workers annually contribute 7 billion dollars to Social Security taxes and 1.5 billion dollars to Medicare taxes, even though they receive no benefit from ether program (Mauriello 1). All of the money that these undocumented workers contribute is used to benefit American citizens. Because they are living here illegally, undocumented workers are unable to utilize federal and state aid programs available to legal U.S. citizens living in poverty. This is true even with the fact that the majority of illegal immigrants are living below the poverty level (Mauriello 1). Writer Gene Cubbison discussed the benefits of having illegal immigrants in this country in his article, Economists say Illegal Immigrants Generate more than they Cost the U.S. Regardless of the fact that they reside in the U.S. illegally, undocumented workers still have the same basic expenses as U.S. citizens do. Illegal immigrants recycle their hard earned, below average paychecks back into the economy by purchasing goods (Cubbison 2). They shop at grocery stores and retail stores, eat out at restaurants, and purchase houses and apartments, all of which are taxed by the government.
As stated earlier, there is an estimated 8 million undocumented workers in America (Cohn and Passel 21). Most Americans view this surplus of illegal workers as a bad thing and wish to see these workers removed from the country. Those who promote enforcement of immigration laws claim that these workers are taking job positions away...
...Undocumentedworkers are present in every country, especially in America; the government is trying to cut the number of its undocumented or illegal workers. But are undocumentedworkers ruining economy or supporting it, are they stealing jobs from local people or just taking unattractive jobs? Issue of undocumented or illegal workers is very complex, but I will try to find out the truth in my research. Once I had been in a small resort city and asked an owner of a small ice-cream place why most of the workers were foreigners. She told me that usually foreigners are more reliable and responsible and are more afraid of losing their jobs then American workers. That was the reason why every summer she tried to hire foreigners as first opinion and only than American workers. Is this an example of discrimination? I would not say so. Employer is interested to hire employees that would be able to perform their job in the best way. It just happened so that in a low paid hard jobs immigrants perform much better then American workers. Not only because this “low salary” is much higher than in their home country, but also because American workers are not willing to work hard for low salary. As a result, I would like to say the undocumentedworkers are supporting...
...to the hardships of these undocumentedworkers for the following reason: undocumentedworkers are frequently hard working individuals who have no other means of supporting their families, these workers fill an important economic role, we can learn from these workers to not take our freedoms or privileges for granted.
Undocumentedworkers are frequently hard working individuals who have no other means of supporting their families. For almost all of these workers leaving their homes and coming here is a last resort. They leave their families and come here to find work to hopefully improve their family’s way of life. They send the money they make to them so they can survive. No one takes into consideration how these people must have been living and what it took for them to come here. They don’t get to see their kids grow up but they know that they have to find a way for them to have a better life then they did.
These workers fill an important economic role, the cheap labor of these workers fuels or economy. Most people work for low paying jobs with no job security or benefits. Most people don’t like to admit it but they feel some of these jobs are beneath them and they are not willing to take a pay cut, no matter how much they may need a job. But these workers jump would jump at a chance for any job....
UNDOCUMENTED INDONESIAN WORKERS IN MACAU
Amy Sim; Vivienne Wee
To cite this Article Sim, Amy and Wee, Vivienne(2009) 'UNDOCUMENTED INDONESIAN WORKERS IN MACAU',
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...consequences to the businesses. Any business that would “depress” wages so low that it causes the people who legally reside in the United States to take a huge decrease in pay because illegal immigrants that “check out” or not… are willing to work for a lot less than what the company previously paid out in salary by “overlooking” the fact that they are really just paying lower wages to undocumentedworkers and taking jobs from legal citizens is unethical and just bad business in respect to our US economy. In 1986 by the law allowing the proposed immigrants legal status in our country while promising that there would be tighter border patrol that would stop the flow of undocumentedworkers when in turn the illegal immigrant population rose from three million to twelve (or up to twenty) million is entirely unethical especially on our country’s law enforcement and laws as a whole. The federal government has acted unethical by not taking action to stem the tide of illegal immigrants that has caused for the “business world” to respond just as unethical by creating a somewhat “legal” black market of undocumentedworkers. It is very unethical to provide welfare; cheap healthcare, education, and other community agency services to people that do not have a legal status within the country to begin with. The government not taking action in deporting any illegal immigrants in the system and allowing...
...Abrego”legal Consciousness of Undocumented Latinos: Fear and Stigma as Barriers to Claims –Making for first –and 1.5 Generation Immigrants “
This article is about the legal conscious and incorporation experience of undocumented immigrates in the United States. Although this population maybe disaggregated in the United States one central distinction among them is their age at migration .Those that migrated as Adults live out their daily lives in different social context than those who migrated as children. Therefore although all undocumented immigrants are legally banned their identities sense of belonging and interpretation of their status vary. Base on ethnographic observation and in-depth interviews of Latinos undocumented immigrants from 2001 to2010. The study examines how illegality is experience differently by social position .The finding suggest that the role of life stage at migration and work –versus school context importantly inform immigrants legal consciousness. Fear predominates in the legal consciousness of the 1.5 generation is more heavily infused with the stigma. Fear and stigma are both barrier to claim making but they may affect undocumented immigrants for collective mobilization in different ways (Abrego2011, 337).
Immigrants Incorporation Theories and the Role of Legal Status
The legal status and the undocumented status more specifically have...
14 October 2012
Hiring the Unknown
Regulate the provisions of hiring Immigrants
The labor laws for immigrants have changed over the past six decades. The definition of an immigrant is a person who leaves one country to settle permanently in another (“Immigrant”). Immigrants come to America to have a better life. When companies are searching for potential employees, applicants may include immigrants. Companies then should take the time to insure the legal status of their potential employee. Companies should not be permitted to hire undocumentedworkers due to the following reasons (1) Companies who hire undocumentedworkers seem to believe it has a higher leverage over its rival company. (2) Companies feel by hiring undocumentedworkers they have a wage impact with results in increase in supply of substitute factor input. With this factor, the employer can file the undocumentedworker and limit the undocumentedworkers employment opportunities (accepting a lower wage than his/her productivity). (3) Although companies considered the hiring of undocumentedworkers beneficial, The Department of Homeland Security is currently undergoing a “silent raid” requesting companies to submit their hiring records for inspection.
Undocumented immigrants are foreign nationals who enter the United States without authorization or enter legally but remain in the United States without authorization. Undocumented youth and students usually have no role in the decision to come to this country; they are usually brought to this country by their parents or relatives. Brought by their parents to the U.S. as minors, many before they had reached their teens, they account for about one sixth of the total undocumented population. The United States Census Bureau estimates that in the year 2000, approximately 2.5 million undocumented youth under the age of eighteen were living in the United States.
Some 65,000 undocumented students graduate from U.S. high schools each year. Illegal through no fault of their own, many undocumented students are honor students, athletes, student leaders, and potential professionals. As a result of their immigration status, these young people face more struggles than documented students, when looking to continue their education after high school. Struggles include not being eligible for federal money and not being legally able to obtain employment upon graduation.
There is a conflict between Federal and State law regarding the eligibility of undocumented students for in-state tuition rates. Section 505 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and...
...December 4, 2009
Immigrants had decide to come to the United states leaving behind their families and exposing their live crossing the border in seek of better work opportunities, freedom, and happiness. However, the reality is other. For thousands of years people have left their home country in search of happiness. Immigrants today still equate the country they are immigrating to with the Promised Land. While many times this Promised Land dream comes true, other times the reality is much different than the dream. Immigration is not always a perfect journey. Each year there are several hundred deaths along the Mexico-U.S. border for those attempting to cross into the United States from Mexico without authorization from the Federal Government of the United States. The number of deaths has steadily increased since the middle 1990’s with exposure (including heat stroke, dehydration, and hyperthermia) being the leading cause. According to the United States Border Patrol, 1,954 people died crossing the U.S–Mexico border between the years 1998-2004. In the fiscal year ending September 29, 2004, 460 migrants died crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. And in 2005, more than 500 died across the entire U.S.-Mexico border. The number of yearly border crossing deaths has doubled since 1995. (Immigration counter)
In the US, going to the supermarket can be quite the experience. We take a cart and...