The Relationship between Immigration and Poverty

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“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.

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that if proper reforms do not get past it might well leave many immigrants jobless and leave america into another recession.
  • Explains that the u.s. is a nesting ground for immigrants from all around the world. the problem of illegal immigration causes poverty and economic downfall in america.
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