The Case for Immigration Reform
The main argument against immigration reform is that it will bring too many people into the United States, and make the job market worse. People worry that immigrants will flood into the United States, and take jobs that current Americans would otherwise have.
The truth is, however, that the United States would benefit from immigration reform for several reasons:
- We are a nation of immigrants. We always have been. Unless you are 100% Native American then you are an immigrant too. Immigrants have helped forge this nation since its inception, and they will continue to do so.
- Many unemployed Americans simply will not take a near minimum wage job of meatpacking, harvesting crops, landscaping, dishwashing, office cleaning or factory work.
- When we deport someone, we remove them from our economic system. They no longer pay rent, pay for their car, shop at the grocery store, or spend their money in our community. Deportations hurt the local economy for this reason.
- Immigration reform will allow many undocumented aliens to become documented. They will not need to use false identification just to find a job. They will be able to obtain a driver’s license. This will increase the amount of taxes they pay, and the amount of immigrant drivers who have car insurance.
- Without immigrant labor, certain portions of the United States economy would collapse. This is true for some construction and factory work, and especially true for agricultural work.
On a personal note – many years ago my ancestors emigrated to the United States from Germany, Ireland, France and Poland. They embarked on a dangerous voyage, by boat, that took several days. When they arrived on U.S. soil, they did not have a social security number, a work permit, or any other advance permission to enter the country. They had plans to meet up with family, friends, or colleagues, and seek the American Dream. Nowadays, many immigrants make a similar trip to the United States. Their journey often involves a dangerous voyage, walking through the desert for several days. Their plans are the same as the immigrants from hundreds of years ago – to meet up with family, friends, or colleagues, find a job, and chase the American Dream.