- April 16, 2020
Support for Immigration to the United States
Supportfor Immigration to the United States
Immigrationis a controversial public and private debate with questions beingraised about the number of people the country should accommodate, therole of immigrants in labor market, and the benefits and costs theforeigners bring into America (Fulwood). The United States is anation of immigrants with foreigners constituting 13 percent of thepopulation (Hesson). Some people oppose immigration on the basis thatit creates undesired economic effects and increases security threatsin the country. On the contrary, pro-immigrants claim that immigrantsare beneficial as they help the United States’ economy in many ways(Fulwood). Despite the arguments raised against immigration, theforeigners promote economic growth by bringing in new skills andinnovative ideas, providing labor, and promoting diversity.
Peoplefrom different parts of the world bring diverse skills, which add tothe supply of unique expertise in the United States (Hesson). Someimmigrants are well-educated individuals who come to the UnitedStates to look for better employment opportunities or escapepolitical and social instabilities in the home countries. Besides,the foreigners bring innovative ideas that establish both small andlarge business, which have created employment opportunities for manyAmericans (Hesson). For example, companies like Procter & Gambleand DuPont Paint were started by immigrants and they are currentlyemploying 162,000 Americans. Moreover, these multinationalcorporations earn the country billion of dollars (Hesson). Therefore,if such people were restricted from coming into the United States,these businesses would have been formed in other parts of the worldthus, the country would lose its competitive edge in the globalmarket.
Onthe other hand, immigrants create more supply for low-skilled andmanual labor that most Native Americans reject (Sidlow and Henschen16). Nonetheless, some people argue that immigrants createcompetition for jobs, which renders the local workers jobless.Besides, it gives the native-born employees the opportunity to moveup the ladder to occupy jobs that require more expertise andeducation achievements (Sidlow and Henschen 16). Consequently, theimmigrants do not compete for the same jobs because they havedifferent skills and qualifications. Immigration boosts America’seconomic efficiency since it reduces the deficiency of labor becausetheir skills and education help them to fill in the gaps in the labormarket. The foreigners also spend money in their communities to buyconsumer goods, which promotes economic development (Fulwood). Thus,it leads to business growth, creates more employment opportunities,and higher salaries for all workers.
Additionally,immigration introduces diversity through new cultures that create abetter image of the United States on a global view. The new customsresult in the production of new products and foods due to the newlycreated market by the immigrants. Eventually, Americans adapt to thenew culture further promoting the businesses, creating more jobs,which boosts the country’s economy (Gans, Replogle, and Tichenor388). For example, some of the restaurants are attributed toimmigrants’ foods and cultures such as the Mexicans and Chinese.Moreover, it expands trade with other countries, which enhances thegrowth of the local businesses (Gans, Replogle, and Tichenor 388).Other anti-immigrant arguments indicate that the foreigners use mostof the government welfare funds. In contrast, the immigrants makesubstantial contributions to the welfare programs such as socialsecurity and Medicaid (Bodvarsson and Berg 177). Consequently, theyboost the economy through additional tax revenues and increase thecirculation of money.
Inconclusion, immigrants improve the United States’ economy bybringing in skills and innovative ideas that have resulted in theformation of businesses. The foreigners improve the supply and demandside of the economy thus, they have directly created employmentopportunities and increased income for the country. Furthermore, thedisplacement impact brought by the immigrant workers is very minimalbecause they mainly work in jobs that are usually rejected by thenative-born Americans. Accordingly, the United States should welcomeimmigrants at reasonable numbers to enjoy numerous economic benefitsand make America a truly diverse nation.
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