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Is Illegal Immigration An Economic Burden to America?

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Isabella Rodriguez

on 18 September 2015

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In this image, an immigrant man says goodbye to his wife and daughter before boarding a deportation flight to his native country. This represents a parallel situation to the novel Enrique's Journey, where a mother named Lourdes had to leave her children to enter the United States and create a better life for herself and her family.
"Eighty-five percent of eminent economists surveyed [according to the Dec. 1995 study by Julian L. Simon, "Immigration, the Demographic & Economic Facts," of the Cato Institute and the National Immigration Forum] have concluded that undocumented immigrants have had a positive (seventy-four percent) or neutral (eleven percent) impact on the U.S. economy" (Lipman, 2006, para. 1).
Labor and Consumption
Undocumented immigrants aid economic growth since they contribute to Social Security by an estimate of $15 billion dollars through payroll taxes, according to Stephan Goss, chief actuary for the Social Security Administration (Davidson, 2013, para. 9).
Contrary to the popular belief that deporting illegal immigrants would be helpful, researchers at Cato Institute found that a mass deportation policy "would reduce economic growth by around $250 billion per year" (Vinik, 2014, para. 1)
Mrs. Ibarra
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Period 8
The Positive Side to a Negative Consequence
The Consequences of Illegal Immigration
Immigrants' Effect on Jobs
Additionally, while some may believe that undocumented immigrants decrease the quantity of jobs, they actually increase it.

Businesses save money as they no longer have to pay skilled workers to complete tiresome tasks.

As a result, with the leftover money, businesses are then able to hire more people and therefore create more jobs (Davidson, 2013, para. 6).
The Ongoing Fight for Success
Is illegal immigration an economic burden to America?
The ongoing debate of whether illegal immigrants are a benefit or a burden to America's economy has been immensely controversial nationwide.

While some may believe that illegal immigrants steal jobs, in reality they fill in jobs throughout key sectors as a result of their willingness to perform the strenuous, manual labor that many native-born Americans are reluctant to do.

Thus, while illegal immigration has its flaws, the benefits outweigh the costs as it proves to not be a burden to the United States economy.
The Benefits Outweigh the Costs
As illegal immigrants continue to enter the United States, they continue to prove themselves as benefits to the economy.

The labor these immigrants perform for their employers, combined with their consumption of goods and services, totals to approximately $800 billion. (Hinojosa, 2005, para. 6).

Although it may be a cause of exploitation, undocumented immigrants usually receive 20% less in wages than the salaries they would receive if they were in the country legally (Hinojosa, 2005, para. 6).

In economic terms, this is a benefit for the country due to the decrease in prices of goods and services for the consumer, while creating a higher profit for the employer (Hinojosa, 2005, para. 7).
Many of those who oppose illegal immigration believe that immigrants send the money they earn in the United States back to their home countries, which in turn would result in an economic loss for the United States.

However, this conclusion is erroneous because undocumented immigrants actually spend 90% of their salaries within the United States, sending only 10% back to their countries of origin. This means that total consumptive capacity remaining in the U.S. is $400 billion to $450 billion (Hinojosa, 2005, para. 9).
Labor and Consumption (continued)
This is a result of illegal immigrants' aid towards legal immigrants as they complete tedious, laborious tasks, allowing specialized workers to fulfill their duties.

From an economical aspect, laborers get more work done in locations like construction sites, when illegal immigrants perform routine tasks, permitting individuals like carpenters and electricians to focus on what they specialize in.

Lipman, F. (2006). Taxing Undocumented Immigrants: Separate, Unequal, and Without Representation.

Davidson, A. (2013, February 16). Do Illegal Immigrants Actually Hurt the U.S. Economy?

Vinik, D. (2014, July 8). How Much Would It Cost to Deport All Illegal Immigrants?

Hinojosa, R. (2005, July 18). A Massive Economic Development Boom.
However, some individuals are concerned with the huge intake of immigrants as labor economists have proven that illegal workers have decreased the wages of the 25 million U.S adults without a high-school diploma by 0.4 to 7.4 percent (Davidson, 2013, para. 4).

Although illegal immigration may have this consequence, there is an overall positive effect. U.S. citizens can feel more motivated to obtain a higher education in order to have better jobs in the future.
Most Americans forget that illegal immigrants intensely struggle to succeed in the United States.
These individuals only wish to improve their lives and the lives of their families.
As a result these immigrants fight to stay in this country and persevere despite the negative remarks inflicted upon them by an abundance of Americans.
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