Immigrant Labor in the United States

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The United States cannot afford to lose the economic gains that come from immigrant labor. The economy would be suffering a greater loss if it weren’t for immigrants and their labor contributions, especially during the 2008 U.S. recession. The U.S. economy would most likely worsen if it weren’t for the strong labor force immigrants have provided this country. Despite the mostly negative views native-born Americans have towards immigrants and the economy, their strong representation in the labor forces continues today. Immigrants aren’t taking “American” jobs, they are taking the jobs that Americans don’t want (Delener & Ventilato, 2008). Immigrants contribute to various aspects of the economy, including brining valuable skills to their jobs, contributing to the cost of living through taxes, and the lacked use of welfare, healthcare, and social security when compared to native-born Americans, showing that the United States cannot afford to lose the contribution immigrants bring into the economy. First, immigrants come to the U.S. to work and bring valuable skills which help grow the economy despite the negative views surrounding their part in the U.S. economy. Since the 2008-2009 recession the view on immigration and its effects on the economy has been more negative than positive (Peri, 2012). A study done by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government found that about 50 percent of American adults believe that immigrants burden the country because they, “take jobs, housing, and healthcare”, while the other 50 percent believe that, “immigrants strengthen the country due to their hard work and talents” (Delener & Ventilato, 2008). Over the past decade, “over half of the increase in the U.S. labor force,… was the result of immigration-l... ... middle of paper ... ...n the work force, not the other way around. References Card, D. (2009). Immigration and inequality. American Economic Review, 99(2), 1-21. doi:10.1257/aer.99.2.1 Delener, N., Ventilato J. M. (2008). Immigration and the U.S. economy: A strategic perspective. Proceedings Of The Northeast Business & Economics Association, 155-159. Retrieved from EBSCOhost. Griswold, D. T. (2012). Immigration and the welfare state. CATO Journal, 32(1), 159-174. Retrieved from EBSCOhost. Hanson, G. H. (2012). Immigration and economic growth. CATO Journal, 32(1), 25-34. Retrieved from EBSCOhost. Orrenius, P. M., Nicholson, M. (2009). Immigrants in the U.S. economy: A host-country perspective. Journal Of Business Strategies, 26(1), 35-53. Retrieved from EBSCOhost. Peri, G. (2012). Immigration, labor markets, and productivity. CATO Journal, 32(1), 35-53. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.
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