What Are The Arguments Against Illegal Immigration

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America has always been a country of immigrants, whether it was in the late 19th century with a mass migration of Germans, or the 1880s when over 10 million Catholic and Jewish immigrants traveled over sea from Italy and Russia. Every time, these waves of immigrants were met with criticism (Wiki). The modern immigrant is now from central and South America, and they are coming into the country illegally. I’m here to argue, that although it is important to properly enforce the illegal migration of populations, the stigma behind their presence here should be reconsidered. America, in the grand scheme of things, benefits from the illegal population. To properly support my argument, I need to investigate three of the main arguments against illegal …show more content…
The first issue we will look into is whether the presence of illegal immigrants affect the employment rate as well as the wages of citizens. Taking a look at the numbers, between 1980 and 2000, there was a large increase in the amount of workers in the United States, which in turn reduced the average wage by $1,700 dollars or about 4 percent (Nadadur 1037). It is important to note that these numbers are based on an increase of workers, whether they are legal or not. If we take a closer look, we see that the ones taking the largest impact are residents that did not graduate from high school, and are roughly the poorest tenth of the work force, having a reduced wage of almost 7.5% ; this is likely because of a large percent of the migrant population does not have a formal education and tend to work in construction and agriculture (Esses 133). When it comes to US citizens, we see the largest impact on minorities, instead of white Americans, because they tend to be in direct competition with the illegal labor force. Looking at some of the benefits in wage and employment, it is noticed that because of the lower wages in the back bone of the US market, the average American ends up paying less for products and services (Esses 135). While it can be argued on both fronts that aliens are beneficial or detrimental, Harvard economist George Borjas says “…the average American 's wealth is increased by less than 1 percent because of illegal immigration.” When looking at the overall effect on the economy and wages, there seems to be a very small positive increase.This is because, while it’s true there is a negative impact on the wage and employment of the lower class that compete with illegal immigrants, the reduction in cost of service and products increase the buying power of the American citizen, indirectly increasing their

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