April 28, 2005

The American Economy Needs Immigrants

Would you be willing to work at a job for long hours and minimum wage? Not many people would. Short of complete necessity, almost all people would look for other jobs first, or for more promising opportunities. They are essential to our economy in more ways than one, and they continue a grand tradition that has started since America first opened its doors.

The most obvious benefit to America is that immigrants help companies. People who come from Mexico and are new the country are willing to work for much lower wages at jobs that other people wouldn't dream of doing. This may not seem good to you, but these immigrants take up tasks such as crop gathering, janitorial services, and other clerical jobs. They often work for cheaper wages, allowing the companies to cut down on costs and thereby increase profits and lower prices.

Not only that, but the new immigrants also bring more money into the local economies. In order to live within a town, they would need to purchase housing, clothing, transportation, food, and many other basic necessities. This means that the money paid to the immigrants goes into the local economies of where they live. More immigrants means that more money goes back into the economies from the bigger, more distant companies that hire them.

Some would argue that many of these immigrants, especially those from Mexico, are illegal, and therefore should not be allowed into the US. And yet this very reason is why they should. They're illegal. They will not take advantage of the many welfare programs that are offered to citizens and permanent residents of the US. Not only that, but they are not the first to enter illegally. After the US enacted immigration limits, many people of countries with strict immigration quotas came in illegally. So what? They can become legal, and almost all made great contributions to the society, and the country need these immigrants now more than ever.

America's population is aging fast. The average life expectancy is at 80. An aging population means less workers to support these programs and to work at jobs on a whole. How can businesses grow and expand without workers? How can America's economy grow with the labor pool to back it? How can Americans turn it's back on the newest wave of immigrants, just because they don't come from across an ocean?

America need these immigrants now more than ever, and stopping them is not the answer to its problems.

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