It is no secret that the United States’ economy has seen a massive drop within the last ten years. One of many facts that support this claim is that the United States’ GDP accounted for about 32% of the world’s economic activity in 2001, but has dropped to a very meager 21.6% in 2011 – just ten years later (Snyder, 2013). Also, as the nation’s debt continues to rise, all lawmakers in Washington, DC can do is point fingers at one another and claim their methods for fixing our economy are the best, while unconsciously refusing to listen to what the other group has to say. What they are unable to do is realize that there is a workforce of eleven million hard-working and eager people who have already assimilated into our population, with many more able to come behind them, that could be wielded to repair America’s economic standing. While the eleven million people that are here illegally do pose a problem to the United States’ ability to secure its borders, they also represent a great resource that must be used.
The United States has often been referred to as a global “melting pot” due to its assimilation of diverse cultures, nationalities, and ethnicities. In today’s society, this metaphor may be an understatement. Between 1990 and 2010, the number of foreign born United States residents nearly doubled from 20 million to 40 million, increasing the U.S. population from almost 250 million to 350 million people. With U.S. born children and grandchildren of immigrants, immigration contributed to half of this population growth. These immigrants, consisting of mostly Asian and Hispanic backgrounds, have drastically changed the composition of the U.S. population.
United States is a very enormous country and so immigration becomes a huge concern for the country. People prefer to shift to United States in order to feel the liberal lifestyle, and the prosperity that America is known for. United States has millions of immigrants who are both legal and illegal. America needs to create new job opportunities and vacancies for the people moving in the nation and also the citizens of the nation. Much of the mess in the nation is caused by immigrants.
The Effects of Immigration on The U.S. Economy In the United States today there are over 11 million immigrants. Immigration has always been a key factor in the growth of our country and its economy, however, some people such as researcher Jim Demint, argue that immigration has gone too far, and instead of helping our cause, immigrants are adding to our $17 trillion dollar debt. Demint explains immigrants are creating more tax for tax payers, reducing wages, soaking up benefits without being a U.S. citizen, creating less employment opportunities for natives, and imposing more costs on schools, hospitals, and other services (Demint). On the other hand, researchers suggest that immigration helps to expand our economy. Doug Bandow of Forbes