Immigration is a touchy subject around the dinner table or on the internet. Say one little thing and it can explode into something different all together.
I recently wrote an article on Hunger and Health Care in America linked here
Following is one of the conversations I had and it got me to thinking. It wasn’t so long ago that I probably would have responded in the same manner, but then I did some research on immigration.
WT: “The biggest contributers to this are illegal immigrants. The jobs they take and all of the benefits they take from our own needy people. They also cause a lot of unnecessary stress and problems for our country.”
JB’s: “Do you have any proof of this. What I found on immigration, both legal and illegal, was that it was not only needed, but necessary for our economy to grow.”
WT: “Come on. You aren’t seriously trying to say that millions more needy people don’t cause problems. Good grief there is no reasoning with some people.”
JB’s: “I didn’t say that wasn’t any problems. What I did do was ask if you have proof that immigration, legal or illegal, was causing the US problems with hunger or health care. And what did I get from you? Nothing. Show me. I’m not so set in my ways I can’t be convinced, but you have to present me with credible evidence.”
There is no doubt that immigration, both legal and illegal, put stresses on our economic system, but there are many pluses to consider.
Legal immigration brings many innovative minds to our country that creates jobs and drives economic growth. They are entrepreneurs that create companies, hire workers and invest in their new surroundings. They are engineers, scientists, doctors and more.
Many are drivers of some of the most technologically advanced companies in the world. And they are doing it here in America instead of somewhere else in the world. And that is good for us. A big plus.
No, not all immigrants are drivers of the economy and not all are legal immigrants. But they all contribute to the economy in ways most don’t consider.
As they enter into local economies they don’t just feed off of others. They get jobs, rent houses and apartments, buy groceries from local stores. Pay taxes on those purchases. They grow the local economies. But?
What about all the jobs illegal immigrants take away from American citizens? This leads me to the next question.
Do they really take jobs away from Americans? Maybe, in the short term they do, but in the long term the answer is no they don’t.
Immigrants tend to be in two categories. Highly intelligent legal immigrants that are drivers of the economy and lower skilled illegal immigrants who are contributors to the economy. Please remember, I’m talking about the largest percentages of them.
Illegal immigrants do many jobs that most Americans don’t want to do. Sorry if that offends you, but its a fact. It is also a fact that many jobs that immigrants do simply wouldn’t exist if they weren’t here.
◦ One of the arguments offered by supporters of expanded immigration, particularly in the context of low-skilled immigration to the United States, is that “immigrants do jobs that natives won’t do.” This argument, in the form stated, is incorrect, or at any rate, misleading. However, it does capture a conclusion many economists reach, which some have summarized as: “immigrants do jobs that wouldn’t exist if the immigrants weren’t there to do them.”
Basically what they’re saying is that those jobs would go away, seize to exist. As an example, labor intensive farm jobs would be replaced by machinery where it proved profitable to do so or the farms would simply stop growing crops that are labor intensive.
They don’t come here to just live off of welfare and feed off the system. When illegal immigrants come to America they integrate into our society and become healthy contributors to it. By living here they pay taxes just like we do.
Illegal immigrants that buy homes and other real estate properties are obliged to pay taxes and that benefits the local economy they live in.
It benefits the real estate agents including the brokers that get the commissions coming from the real estate transactions.
These immigrants also use our country’s banking services to finance these transactions. Therefore, they pay dividends and interests to banks.
They buy cars that the banks have to finance. They get auto insurance through local insurance agents. They buy parts for those cars at the local parts stores.
As the economy grows, it balances and absorbs them into it.
To be clear, I’m not advocating for illegal immigration, I’m just pointing out that there are benefits of it. Our immigration policies are so bad and in need of reform that many immigrants see no other way to get here than to do so illegally.
There are many other aspects that could be discussed. Need to be discussed, but will have to wait until another time.
Gallop News wrote an interesting and informative article on this subject debating not only the economic issues, but also the moral issues of illegal immigration. Here is the link to the article: http://news.gallup.com/businessjournal/24448/Real-Impact-Illegal-Immigration.aspx
Before taking a side on an issue I would ask that you at least do a little research on the topic. Be able to defend your opinion.
Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.