The Importance of Immigration Reform The United States of America has always been known as the land of opportunity, a place where people with nothing can one day turn their lives around for the better. That is why there is a large influx of immigrants, especially those who don’t possess many skills, coming into the country to find work in order to improve their lives. However, many of these migrators are undocumented and entering the country illegally, and more and more of these immigrants are coming every year. In January 2011, there were 11.5 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. (Center for American Progress). The large inflow of immigrants, both legal and illegal, is causing both negative economic and security problems. Although the American government is trying to improve the immigration system through immigration reform laws to amend those issues, politicians must implement these laws quickly if they want to improve the economy and national security of our country. The future of the American economy depends on its citizens and workers, and thus the decisions made by politicians on immigration reform laws can affect the economy both negatively and positively. Some organizations, such as the Federation for American Immigration Reform, believe that the current immigration system is worsening the American economy. FAIR argues that the current system is increasing job competition in the U.S., especially in low-skilled jobs. This is because of the readily available surplus of illegal foreign workers that employers choose to hire over native workers. Since employers are not reprimanded for hiring illegal workers, they exclusively hire them because they are willing to work for extremely low wages in dangerous conditions. The result of this is that native workers who depend on these low-skill jobs are losing their positions to illegal workers who are willing to work for less money. As hundreds of thousands of immigrants continue looking for jobs, not enough jobs are created fast enough for both natives and immigrants alike. Defenders of immigration argue that illegal workers are actually responsible for creating jobs in the U.S., but even if that is true, only one job is created for every three illegal immigrants (FAIR). In the end, the competition for low-skill jobs between natives and immigrants is causing more poverty among both groups, ultimately hurting the economy. Another way the current immigration system is negatively affecting the economy is due to the difficulty for high-skilled workers trying to enter the country. Currently, the United States only gives 7% of its permanent residency visas for employment needs, whereas in other countries such as South Korea, Spain, and Switzerland, 80% of all permanent visas are used for employment (Feinblatt). This means that talented workers who are trying to get into the U.S. for its STEM jobs, which are fields requiring expertise in science, technology, engineering, and math, will have a hard time entering the country. As a result, these workers end up immigrating to other countries that are much easier to gain citizenship in and directly improving those countries’ economies, while our economy lags behind. In fact, countries like Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Chile are actively offering visas to talented entrepreneurs in the hope of boosting their own economies, while it is nearly impossible for those entrepreneurs to enter the U.S. (Feinblatt). If the American government does not change its immigration system, by 2018, the U.S. will have a shortage of more than 230,000 STEM workers, dragging our economy even further behind other countries’ (Feinblatt). If the United States wants its economy to match or even surpass those of other countries, it will have to implement major immigration reform policies to the current immigration system. First of all, politicians have to deal with the large numbers of illegal immigrants coming into the country. Even
Professor Thomas Davis
English Composition 100
The article “Immigration Reform By Treaty” has the intention of convincing the audience that there is an urgent need for immigration reform and the president is the only one who can make this decision. The reform concerns people from U.S. and Mexico, as well as-both countries’ economic achievements. The author underlines the president’s apathy to the problem and in this way he is trying to convince the audience that the president’s…
Modification Proposal for the Immigration Policy in the United States:
An Annotated Bibliography
What endorsements should the United States apply in order to stop illegal immigration? Is a modification of the 14th Amendment necessary in order to prevent misuse of the immigration system, or will the United States loose what it fundamentally represents if that happens?
Capps, Randy, and Michael Fix. "Immigration Reform: A Long Road to Citizenship and Insurance Coverage." Health…
MEMORANDUM TO: FROM: SUBJECT: DATE: MARCO RUBIO, UNITED STATES SENATE CEO – COLLIER ENTERPRISES EFFECT OF SENATE IMMIGRATION REFORM FRAMEWORK ON US AGRICULTURE JANUARY 30, 2013
We at Collier Enterprises would like to thank you on behalf of Florida agribusinesses for your work toward comprehensive immigration reform. It should come as no secret that such reforms will have significant impact on the agricultural industry as a whole, particularly in Florida, with our diverse labor population and significant…
Running Head: The Importance of the Latino Vote in an Election
The Importance of the Latino Vote in an Election
The Importance of the Latino Vote in an Election
This past election reached a turning point for Latinos when Barack Obama was reelected as president of the United States. If it were not for the increase percentage of Latinos voting, Obama would not have had a chance in taking victory in the election. On the other hand, Mitt Romney received one of the lowest percentages…
The debate over the immigration reform has surfaced once again after the government shutdown. Now that the government is back up and running, Obama has mentioned that immigration is one of the top three items that he wants Congress to pass this year (“Unlike Shutdown, GOP Says Democrats Must Bend on Immigration”). In same article found in the USA Today, author Alan Gomez quotes the President as he says, “If the House has ideas on how to improve the Senate bill [on immigration]…
22 November 2013
Living in a country where all can live in harmony and be citizens almost seems impossible. Until 2007 when an immigration bill was proposed by the Senate to face the crucial problems with immigration. The bill is very detailed, (more than 300 pages in length), but addresses 5 major problems with immigration. The 5 major problems addressed are 1.) Greater border security, 2.) A new system requiring employers to determine the legal status of all job applicants…
be very importantl for both candidates to succeed in the final debate Monday, Oct. 22.
The topics they discussed included education, job creation, tax deductions, sustainable energy, assault weapons, immigration, and equality for women in the workplace. Both candidates mentioned the importance of small businesses and middle class families, each citing how their economic plans would sustain both. They also discussed plans to keep manufacturing jobs in the U.S. and to make outsourcing abroad less…
Pension and health care benefits provider to states and local government
employees are emsiderally broader in coverage and more geneous compared
with those for private sector emp;oyes. According to the bureau of labor
statistic’s employee compensation survey (March 2010), 84 percent of all
state and local government employees had access to a defined retirement
plan, 29 percent to a defined contribution retirement plan, and 23 percent to
both types of plans during 2009. 59…
enough of its own STEM workers in their fields, even though the best universities for studying these subjects are U.S.-based. (Atkinson 6).
Claims that we have the ideas and plans, but lack the will power to carry the action; Fail to recognize the importance of the problem and the “critical” need for solutions. (Atkinson 7).
Argues that the prevailing approaches to solving the STEM challenge that are so widely agreed upon in Washington are in fact quite limited and that what are needed are fresh approaches…
Muslim Immigration in England & the Netherlands
Course ID: 54951
Throughout Europe, Muslim immigration has been a huge topic of discussion. England and the Netherlands are two countries in Europe that have experienced many years of Muslim immigration and its effect on the way of life in both countries. Throughout the history of Muslim immigration, England and the Netherlands have dealt with conflicts differently although faced with the same population influx.…