“In 2009, the U.S. admitted over 1.1 million legal immigrants, just 6.5 percent of whom possessed employment skills that in demand in the United States” (Report by Immigration Progress). American is a nesting ground for immigrants from all around the world. An important issue in the United States is the problem of illegal immigration. An illegal immigrant is someone who migrates to another country, and breaks the immigration laws of a destined nation. The United States has by far the most immigrants than any other country and this is a catalyst to many of the problem that America is facing today. Due to the increase in Immigration, there is an increase in poverty and economic downfall in the United States. Factors like education, job conflicts, welfare, and unemployment all play a vital role in proving the theory. Most immigrants are not admitted to high paying jobs because they do not possess the education or skill level that are in demand in the labor force. Nearly 31 percent of foreign-born residents over the age of 25 are without a high school diploma, compared to just 10 percent of native-born citizens (Report by Greenhaven Press). This is considered an understatement because with the struggling economy in the United States and unemployment rates at a high, a bachelors or masters degree is a Patel 2 must for most high paying jobs.And in May 2010, the unemployment rate for high school dropouts reached 15 percent, compared to just 4.7 percent among those with at least a bachelor’s degree (Report by GP). This causes many immigrants to work minimum wage jobs which is not enough to support a family according to Forbes. But many journalists and students believe that the sole reason why immigrants come to America is to work for... ... middle of paper ... ...tion-helps-american-workers-wages-and-job-opportunities/>. Raphael, Steven. "Immigration and Poverty in the United States." Immigration and Poverty. Institute for Research on Poverty, 8 Jan. 2010. Web. 25 Feb. 2014. . Rector, Robert. "Importing Poverty: Immigration and Poverty in the United States: A Book of Charts." Heritage, 25 Oct. 2006. Web. 25 Feb. 2014. . Ruark, Eric A., and Matthew Graham. "Immigration Is Increasing Poverty in the United States." Poverty. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2012. Opposing Viewpoints. "Immigration, Poverty and Low-Wage Earners: The Harmful Effect of Unskilled Immigrants on American Workers." 2011. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 25 Feb. 2014.
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Philip Kretsedemas, Ana Aparicio. Immigrants, Welfare Reform, and the Poverty of Policy. Westport: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004.
History has proven that prosperity follows immigrants. Economist showed that the economic boom of the 1950s-60s was led by immigration, and the depression of the 1930s began after they enforced the Immigration Act of 1924. The Immigration Act of 1924 is a federal law in the United States that limited the annual number of immigrants who could be admitted from any country to two percent of the number of people from that country who were already living in the United States. Illegal immigrants usually work in low paying jobs that most Americans refuse to do themselves. According to (Stewart 10), whenever there was a shortage of farm workers, the INS border patrol pretended that they didn’t see the Mexican workers crossing the border. They contribute more money to the government than what they receive in benefits; therefore, they cannot be seen as social burden. According to (Szumski 14), the Orange County Task Force found that illegal immigrants pay $83 million taxes each year and they receive medical services costing only $2.7 million per year. So, they only receive few benefits and many immigrants are drained from hope of better jobs, not by benefit programs from the United States. The limitations of immigration policies are dramatic and far-reaching. Many Americans fear open border polices because of all the stereotypes about illegal immigrants. The motivation and positive aspects of illegal immigrants has become essential to this country. While illegal Immigrants work in fields, clean houses, wash dishes, and labor in sweatshops, millions of Americans would rather sit and ask for money or wait for welfare checks rather than search for a job. According to (Lee 8), approximately 700,000 immigrants are legally accepted to the United States each year. After this small limit is reached, all the others are turned away or cross
This paper will discuss the arguments for and against immigration within the United States addressing topics related to employment, healthcare, increased poverty and increased country revenue. I am against immigration because I believe it is out of control and it...
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...
“A Nation of Immigrants.” Pew Hispanic. Pew Research Center, 29 January 2013. Web. 15 September 2013.
Ruark, Eric A., and Matthew Graham. "Immigration Is Increasing Poverty in the United States." Poverty. Ed. Roman Espejo. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2012. Opposing Viewpoints. Rpt. from "Immigration, Poverty and Low-Wage Earners: The Harmful Effect of Unskilled Immigrants on American Workers." FairUS.org. 2011. 3-17. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 21 Apr. 2014.
Race and urban poverty remain the major problems pressing challenges which the United States has yet to address.Technology,race relation and global economy during the last 30 years have necessitated newly innovative analyses and policy responses. Common threads which throughout many of the studies were reviewed here is the dynamics to migration. In “When Work Disappears”, welcoming immigrants provided reasonable data which highlight the issues of ghetto poverty affecting minorities. In “ No Shame in My Game”, hispanics immigrants are factoring towards the changing demographics in parts of Harlem. Canarsie,Brooklyn, migration of African-Americans into a working/middle-class neighborhood gives conservative backlash from a liberal community.
In the book “Illegal, Life and Death in Arizona’s Immigration War Zone” by Terri Greene Sterling, one of the major social issues presented is immigration. Immigration is a prominent national issue, and the undocumented population is growing rapidly in our nation because of many reasons, one being that Mexicans can’t afford to live in Mexico because of lack of employment with good pay. They want to escape from poverty as oppression. The minute immigrants come to America they start contributing to the economy. Indeed, a recent study showed that in all their different roles in the U.S, immigrants make vital contributions to the economy. They create an increasingly significant proportion of the workforce (Arizaga, 2006). That is the
The book A World-Infancy through Adolescence, 12th edition, by Diane E. Papalia, and Ruth Duskin Feldman specifies that immigrants’ children have less income than those who are white (13). As the author continued explaining that majority of immigrant parents make about twenty thousand dollars a year. Therefore, such small wages decrease the opportunities
Society has been fighting one of the biggest current social problems for well over a decade. Poverty is relentless across our entire Nation and the Globe. Today, we find poverty is a trending problem for ethnic minorities in the United States. Two articles, More Than Just Nickels and Dimes: A Cross-National Analysis of Working Poverty in Affluent Democracies and The Geography of Exclusion: Race, Segregation, and Concentrated Poverty came from a scholarly journal . While I collected other information from two popular website articles from National Poverty Center | University of Michigan and Racial and Ethnic Disparities Among Low-Income Families. The articles puts into perspective how poverty is a growing problem in the United States.
Both articles, Immigration is Increasing Poverty in the United States, and Immigration is Not Increasing Poverty in the United States, have very strong arguments. However, they also both present limitations and a lack of properly applied evidence in their debates.
“Education is the pathway to success.” This is what my teachers, parents, and peers told me growing up. I knew that if I wanted to better my life, I would need to get a college education. I am thankful to have the opportunity to attend a university and receive a high-quality education. Unfortunately, many students do not have the chance to get an education past secondary school. Many of these students are undocumented immigrants. Undocumented immigrants can get a public-school education for grades K through 12, but when it is time to get an education that will lead to social mobility, they are not afforded the privilege. A college education is now essential to becoming successful in the United States – a high school degree is not enough, but for immigrants who yearn to make a living for themselves in the United States, they have limited options in regards to education. Torres and Wicks-Asbun (2014)
The current effects of immigration throughout the United States has had a negative impact on its economy. Whether foreigners are legal permanent immigrants or illegal occupants, nations must diligently keep track of all individuals. This is a brief analysis on how immigrants impact the U.S and strategies to minimize their effects on this nation. In addition, the U.S must implement and monitor plans of action to lessen unemployment of citizens and reduce the excessive use of benefits and resources by immigrants.