Many people dream about living in the United States, where immigrants can earn a living and have the same rights as you and me. But, for one man who had a wife and a son; the dream of being a U.S. citizen was unrealistic. He worked long days in hot summer weather to cold frozen winters. He walked far distances to get to his job, working in a nursery day to-night. He earned less than five dollars an hour and lived in a small rundown apartment. The conditions in his job were tiring and dangerous. Always scared of being caught and deported back to his country, and he worried,”What will become of my wife and son if that happened?” He wanted his son to experience the “American Dream” and the joys and happiness of earning a living and having the …show more content…
The dictionary definition for “immigrant” is a person who comes to live permanently in a foreign country. Many jobs that immigrants come here to work is construction, food preparation, cleaning, maintenance job and especially agriculture. There are an estimate of 3 million migrant and seasonal farm workers in the United States. About 72% of the workers were born in a different country; which 68% of them were born in Mexico, 3% born in Central America and 1% born elsewhere. An estimate of 35% of them could not speak English at all and about 40% of farm workers stopped attending school after grade school. But, many ask why do immigrants want these jobs? Well the main answer is that a majority of these immigrants are uneducated to work in a higher paying job and would rather work in a hard low paid job. The National Farm Worker Ministry states that an average farm worker works for 42 hours in a week and earns $7.25 per hour. That is about $300 an illegal immigrant earns in a week. That means for they earn an average salary, working full-time, will have an income a little over …show more content…
And if there is no immigrants or no seasonal workers that may cause a vast economical problem to our nation. A great example is when the state of Georgia passed the HB 87 bill or the Georgia Illegal Immigration Act of 2011. And in one year after this law passed Georgia lost an estimate of $140 million dollars in agriculture loss, and as well crops rotting in the fields. And now the state of Georgia is allowing real criminals from prisons to take over the jobs that immigrants had. But it’s not only Georgia, states like Florida, Utah, Oklahoma, and Arizona have strict immigration
Throughout the course of my life, I have always encountered individuals wanting to better their economic situation especially those within my community. Those who come from impoverished communities in other countries risk their lives and lifetime savings to come to the United States hoping that one day they will regain everything that they lost. Their only motivation to come to this country is to be able to provide their family with basic necessities and in order to do this, they must work two or more jobs that pay at minimum wage and are taken for granted. However, many individuals do not see this side of the story and categorize immigrants as unambitious people. In order to be completely aware of what immigrants truly go through and how they succeed in life, one must be willing to place themselves in their shoes and hear his/her story. We must acknowledge that the hands of these people work in back breaking jobs in order to sustain their families. While some Americans may be against immigrants arriving to the United States in search of a better life and the American Dream, in The Madonnas of Echo Park, Brando Skyhorse further reveals that immigrants are exploited as cheap labor, and although they contribute greatly to the everyday function of American industry, they are quite invisible.
There are over twelve million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. Many came to America to work, go to school, or be reunited with family members who are already residing here. Most migrants want to work and pursue the “American dream”. There are many barriers for residents to achieving success at the work and life balance. The immigrants fall back on public assistance to support them.
To say that immigrants in America have experienced discrimination would be an understatement. Ever since the country formed, they have been seen as inferior, such as African-Americans that were unwillingly brought to the 13 colonies in the 17th century with the intention to be used as slaves. However, post-1965, immigrants, mainly from Central and South America, came here by choice. Many came with their families, fleeing from their native land’s poverty; these immigrants were in search of new opportunities, and more importantly, a new life. They faced abuse and Cesar Chavez fought to help bring equality to minorities.
Among the problems that face our nation, illegal immigration seems to be one of the most regarded. “In 2005, there were 12.7 million people classified as refugees in the world. Refugees are forced to migrate because of danger in their own country.” (Cath Senker 12) Some push to end it while others want to have it legalized or less strict. There are many points that are argued on this topic. Although immigrants support the economy, they should have to pay taxes. Illegal immigration should be stopped or slowed until the legalization process and borders are improved. Due to the fact, that taxpayers are the backbone of our economy and nation as a whole.
The undocumented immigrants, also pay taxes and according to a study carried out in 2011 by the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy shows that the undocumented immigrants contributed approximately $ 11.2 billion in form of taxes. This is ...
With this rapid increase it is seen that in the 1990’s alone, “the number of Mexican immigrant workers in the U.S. grew by 2.9 million, which is a 123% increase in this segment of the labor force. In contrast, the overall number of American workers grew by only 13% in the same time period”(Paral 4). Also in the 1990’s, “8.8% of Mexican immigrants were in agricultural, forestry, fishing, and hunting. Then in the 2000’s there were 15.3% in these same categories In the 2000’s a total of 33.8% of Mexican immigrants were in the agricultural workforce, which is the highest amount of all industries”(Paral 8). These numbers show the job readiness of Mexican immigrants coming into the United States spoken about beforehand which helps connect how Mexican immigrants have contributed vast amount labor in growing the United States agricultural
Various housekeeping jobs and yard work is done by immigrants, both legal and illegal. Immigrants are a necessity in the United States Labor Market; between 7 and 8 million of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States are working, contributing to the economy and contributing to America’s growing work force (Jacoby 22). Unemployment is above 8 percent, and some American’s would argue that these jobs could be filled by U.S. workers, but they can’t. The reason being that unemployed United States workers are usually selective as to which jobs they are willing to take, and many of them do not want to be dish washers or housekeepers. Americans have also become more educated over time, and they strive for higher positions with a larger income. The lower positions do not disappear and unskilled worker...
The lack of enforcement of immigration policies will cause the greatest impact on America’s economy. One of the most controversial topics is how immigrants affect jobs and wages. Many argue that immigrants help the economy by working for the people that will not, but in reality they are taking Americans jobs and legal immigrants that have earned their rights. The main issue is wages: illegal immigrants are desperate for jobs and will do anything. Businessmen will take advantage of this and pay them significantly lower wages. Cheap labor negatively affects other workers. Studies show that immigrants push down wages and may cause other workers to leave a certain industry.
Since a long time ago immigrant families have been coming to the U.S. to seek a better life. The idea of the American Dream becomes shattered once they start dealing with all the obstacles to get to the United States from South or Central America. People start facing discrimination and are taken advantage of. Since their journey starts, immigrants face discrimination from everywhere they go; the people who help them cross over to the U.S. charge high amounts of money to help them come over. Once they get to the United States immigrants continue in the same pattern of being abused, and taken advantage of. It is important to mention that if people are moving from their own country of origin it must be because the conditions they are living in are worse than the ones they are willing to live in, by moving. People that decide to make the move and explore new ways of living are often faced with discrimination, wage-theft and poor health conditions. “Wage theft is particularly prevalent among immigrant workers, and ―work-related exploitation appears to be growing along with the country’s immigrant population.” (James Pinkerton,
Most immigrants usually fill essential service jobs in the economy, which are vacant. Unfortunately, like new immigrants throughout U.S. history, “they experience conditions that are commonly deprived, oppressive, and exploitive” (Conover, 2000). They are paid low wages with little potential for advancement, are subjected to hazardous working conditions, and are threatened with losing their jobs and even deportation if they voice dissatisfaction with the way they are treated. Many work several jobs to make ends meet. Many also live in substandard housing with abusive landlords, have few health cares options, and are victims of fraud and other crimes.
Who is an immigrant? An immigrant is a person who has a citizenship in one country but enters another country to set up as a permanent resident. Sometimes countries are suffering greatly from lack of leadership, internal strife or war, and a collapsed economy. This is the case in Somalia, as well as in Syria, Libya, and Yemen. Syrian people are moving to Europe in order to find a peaceful home. Mexican immigrants come to the US looking for jobs. The people then move to new countries where they don’t speak the national language. In America, when the immigrants come, there are many difficulties: cultural differences regarding time and scheduling, transportation issues, and language difficulties.
Migrant workers are child laborers in the USA that work on farms - they all leave their homes at certain times of the year to harvest crops in other parts of the country. Migrant work has a lot of problems because of poverty. Although it is very difficult migrant work does have solutions.
Determined to join the American lifestyle thousands of immigrants have journeyed to this great land to have a life based upon “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” This country’s backbone is immigration and it started when this