Immigration Utilitarian Analysis

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Immigration is a contemporary issue that is debated across America. Our society has been impacted by immigrant politically, economically, and culturally. In search for a better life, immigrants fled persecution and came to the United States unimpeded. As time passed in our nation’s history our immigration policy has grown more restrictive. Today, the United States immigration policy has gone from taking the tired, the starving, and the poor to choosing the rich, the famous, and immigrants who will most significantly boost the economy. Although utilitarianism would welcome immigrants to America because they are perceived as "useful” since they are willing to work and suffer significantly low compensation and considerably worse working condition, …show more content…
In her master’s thesis, Three Perspectives On The Ethics of Immigration: Utilitarian, Liberal Egalitarian and Libertarian, Diana Virginia Todea, master of philosophy at University of Edinburgh, states utilitarians believe that the impact of cheaper labor coming into the market would otherwise stimulate the economy. From a utilitarian perspective, not allowing such stimulation would be a disservice to the good of the American people. Because the American dollar has such a value, immigrants looking for a better living financially will get any type of job that pays better than they were getting paid in their home country. Some come to America to make money and send it to their families in their country. They are the ones taking the unwanted jobs by Native-born Americans. In addition, since they don’t have or are not eligible for Unemployment Insurance, (UI) and other social safety net programs, they try to work any job they can get (businessinsider.com). Because Immigrants lack education and are not fluent in English, they are usually forced to take unwanted jobs for a low wage. Low-skilled immigrant workers are primarily the dishwashers, busboys, and cooks – jobs that don’t require much English language ability and are lower paid. The low-skilled Americans who used to do those jobs instead specialized in restaurant jobs that require English. Since they aren’t fluent in English, immigrants tend to be payed

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