In addition, illegal immigrants are viewed in certain quarters as takers in the sense that illegal immigrants benefit more from public resources than the american-born citizens of the U.S. However, the reality is that immigrants contribute positively to the U.S economy and pay significantly into the system compared to what they send back home. In addition, the contributions associated with undocumented immigrants involve sustaining the solvency of the SSTF (Social Security Trust Fund). In this sense, the use of cost benefit analysis by those supporting immigration restrictions are unfounded and do not reflect the facts on the ground (Nadadur 1037). The opponents of undocumented immigrants believe that having more undocumented immigrants in the U.S is costly; however, there are no solid reasons to prove that undocumented immigrants are a burden to the treasury.
Population increase is not necessarily a problem, but it becomes an issue when too many people rely on the country’s limited resources such as food, education facilities, and health care, which are meant to help poor citizens who cannot manage to pay for them. The U.S. citizens end up paying for the resources, which are availed to underprivileged individuals, through taxes (Anderson, 2010). When the population increases as a result of illegal immigration, the same citizens are forced to pay more taxes to obtain more resources to sustain unemployed illegal immigrants. With the increased taxes and limited resources available, unemployed citizens are likely to get involved in criminal acts, which significantly affect the country’s homeland security (Hanson, 2007). Illegal immigration also leads to the reduction in job opportunities for American citizens.
The mobility of low-skilled immigrant workers also smoothes economic fluctuations in struggling communities. In truth, efforts to reduce illegal immigration are costly. Since the impact on public services remains unclear, making it easier for immigrants to participate in the American economy will lead to more economic benefits than costs.” (Gale). Low skilled immigrants provide higher skilled workers to have more time for work than doing chore related jobs. They help the economy by allowing the High skilled workers have more time for their job and increasing the productivity in High skilled jobs.
From the journey of the mayflower, America has been built on immigration. While now days many American citizens believe immigrants, legal or not, steal their jobs; however, immigrants actually helping the economy and keeping the communities at equilibrium for crime rates. Although disgruntle American citizens who oppose immigration, illegal or not, argue that immigrants take their jobs, the majority of their occupations are insignificant compared to the professions taken by average Americans who graduated college. The industries that most “[illegal immigrants take part in are those] that Americans would not [ be in, which] include [professions in] agriculture, construction, landscaping, restaurants, and factories,” because they do not require a degree that costs a lot of money (“Economic”).In addition, those against immigration should only pay attention to the jobs they have and consider the fact that the immigrants they fear do not exist in the same economical industry as them. However, in other situations, immigrants with the right qualifications help the economy; they do this is by making opportunities for citizens in America to make money (Lance).
Illegal immigrants are able to accomplish this by working for lower wages and without some of the benefits demanded by American workers. The bulk of the impact illegal immigrants have on the economy happens mainly on labor force workers. The impact is more negative on the lower end of the wage scale because illegal immigrants can work for lower wages less than minimum wage. They work tax free as non-citizens. This works to steep the job market with cheaper and readily available labor.
Another negative effect is that many industries pay illegal immigrants a lower wage saving money on the higher wages a native would earn. Even though illegal immigrants bring some rewards the overall negative effects of lower wages, tax burdens, and less available jobs is why illegal immigration should be stopped. In some ways illegal immigrants do contribute to the economy. They generate extra income for our economy but do lower some wages (Hanson). Illegal immigrants generate extra income because their labor increase brings an increase in output which leads to more income for U.S. businesses (Hanson).
George W. Bush's proposal for issuing temporary workers rights to illegal immigrants is favorable because it helps homeland security by accounting for illegal immigrants, fills job openings, promises a profitable outcome to the economy and it holds many benefits to the immigrant. A common misconception regarding illegal immigration in the United States is that too many people are being allowed into the country which can jeopardize national security. The truth, however, is that President Bush's proposal actually helps maintain the security of American boarders. Also, in addition to the proposal, vast efforts are being made to secure U.S. boarders from terrorists. Boarder patrol has expanded and boarder protection funding has increased by 40 percent in the last two years.
Illegal immigrants are makers, not takers. Many American citizens see these approximate 11 million illegal immigrants in a negative view and don’t want them living in their communities. However, many of these American citizens don’t know why illegal immigrants come here and what good they actually do to this country. Illegal immigration should be allowed because their quality of life is improved, they help the economy, and they bring job growth. In their home country, illegal immigrants have a very poor quality of life and come to the United States to improve their livelihood.
It is unquestionable that income taxes are important to our country because they help pay for roads and their upkeep, they help pay and support firefighters and police officers, and they fund many government programs. This brings up another issue, illegal immigrants are more willing to take jobs that pay less with more labor. This leaves people who came here legally looking for jobs or U.S. citizens with less chance of getting a job. According to Federation for American Immigration Reform “One recent estimate by researchers at the Pew Hispanic Center puts the number of illegal aliens in the workforce at 8 million out of an overall population of 11.2 million illegal aliens, i.e., 71.4 percent. That estimate is generally accepted as reasonable.”(1) Employers hire illegal immigrants more because they will work for low wages.
The United States acts as a magnet where it attracts people from around the globe. They see America as a land of opportunities and this leads to issues of immigrants arriving illegally. A huge issue regarding illegal aliens is the effect they have on the economy. First, they do not pay taxes but they receive taxpayers benefits, such as public schooling and health care. Many people in favor of this believe that they take jobs that no one else wants and this is not true.