Immigration: Important to the Success of America

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The United States of America has the largest foreign-born population in the world. With nearly thirteen percent of the total population being foreign-born, one may find it hard to imagine an immigrant-free country (U.S. Bureau of the Census). Immigration has been an integral part of the United States’ overall success and the country’s economy since it was established and without it, would have never been founded at all. Although there are some negative issues associated with immigration and many native-born Americans believe to be more of a problem than a solution, overall it actually has a positive effect. Immigrants in America, among other things, fill jobs where native-born Americans may not want to work or cannot work, they contribute to Social Services and Medicaid through taxes and they help provide the backbone of America, especially by working jobs that natives may have not even considered. There is no denying that immigration will always be a factor in the development of the United States. Whether it is due to religious beliefs, economic problems or even war in their native country, emigrants will always come to America with hopes of starting a new life in the “Land of the Free”. Fortunately, the people who do choose to legally migrate to America are generally motivated for success and well-educated. Even the immigrants who are not well educated are motivated to succeed, work hard and take jobs in areas where labor forces are low or jobs that a native-born American may not even consider, effectively making them a contributing member of society. The first increasingly significant benefit that should be noted is the sheer work force that immigration provides. Due to the Baby Boomers, the native work force will not be a... ... middle of paper ... ...ted and worked with rather than against. Works Cited Waldinger, Roger David, and Michael Ira Lichter. How the Other Half Works : Immigration and the Social Organization of Labor. University of California Press, 2003. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). EBSCO. Web. 10 Oct. 2011. United States. Bureau of the Census. 2010 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates. “B05012. Nativity in the United States: 2010.” American FactFinder. 2010. Bureau of the Census, n.d. Web. 8 October 2011. Pia M. Orrenius and Madeline Zavodny. “Does Immigration Affect Wages? A Look at Occupational-Level Evidence.” Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Research Department. Working Paper 0302. August 2003. 21. Print. Pia M. Orrenius. “U.S. Immigration and Economic Growth: Putting Policy on Hold.” Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Research Department. December 2003. Web. 7 October 2011

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