August 5, 2005

There's Nothing Wrong With Illegal Immigration

In an age when the American workforce is slowly becoming older and older, and when those on Social Security will soon outnumber the workers who support them, the economy needs more workers now more than ever.

There exist, however, two problems standing in the way: outsourcing and constricting regulations against immigration. The first, a problem because if companies can find cheaper labor by moving elsewhere, they will, and in the end they will destroy the blue collar labor movement in America. The second, a problem because with a slowing birth rate, there are less and less American workers to replace those who retire or die.

To address the first issue: outsourcing. This is destroying our American labor force, simply put, because the jobs are going overseas. This creates the problem: American jobs are not being retained at all. Under a system where we encourage immigration, even it is considered illegal, we'd be able to retain those jobs at least in America while simutaneously lowering the age of our labor pool.

However, the current illegal immigrants wouldn't have to be illegal. Making it easier for them to get into the country would solve a lot of the current problems. Because the immigrants are used to retain the jobs and because they bring the money back into the economy. Simply making the current illegal ones temporary residents and making it easier for them to join is a key factor. Let's face it: companies have a lot of money. Bringing in illegal immigrants would encourage companies to hire more people here in the United States. The illegal immigrants, now no longer being illegal, have to pay taxes and also pay for where they live, the car they drive, the food they eat, etc. In the end, they bring in more money into the local economy which stimulates it.

Some may find two faults with this idea. The first is that it loosens security. The second is that you'd be taking away jobs from Americans. First things first: this would not negatively effect security, in fact, it would increase security along the border.

As of right now, thousands of illegal immigrants run into the US, with nobody monitoring them. Nobody has any knowledge that the entered at all. So as to making it legal for them to enter the country, they have to be processed somehow. Simply taking their photo and recording some basic facts to allow them into the country would greatly improve security. You have to face the facts: there will be illegal immigrants if you don't let them in, so this way you keep track of who is coming in.

Another issue people would bring up is that it's taking jobs away from Americans. But as I've told you before, the illegal immigrants anchor the jobs into the US. Even better, because they take all of the jobs that are low wage and that are otherwise unwanted, this allows business opportunities for those who used to work at those jobs. Rembmer when I said the immigrants would need to pay for their homes, cars, food, etc? Guess who'll need to supply them? Millions of Americans would suddenly become small business owners and live better lives.

Support illegal immigration: make it legal, and we solve America's economic problems of the future.

4 comments:

  1. Illegal immigration is horribly wrong, and all illegal immigrants should be shipped back to whichever countries they came from. I'm not kidding at all.

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  2. I should probably address everything wrong with your argument in a logical form.

    1. "...when those on Social Security will soon outnumber the workers who support them, the economy needs more workers now more than ever." Illegal immigrants don't pay social security. They don't have liscenses, green cards, or even social security numbers. If more illegal immigrants come in, then it will only lead to more workers who, in around 2030, will be left with no social security.

    2. "This creates the problem: American jobs are not being retained at all. Under a system where we encourage immigration, even it is considered illegal, we'd be able to retain those jobs at least in America while simutaneously lowering the age of our labor pool." Well, you see the great thing about America is that our minimum wage is probably ten times that of other countries'. Regardless of if we have the people there who want the jobs, overseas workers (like Nike does with children in Asia) will clambor to get jobs in sweatshops working for around 50 cents an hour. To be competetive with that in America is impossible, as long as your employer is following minimum wage laws.

    3. "You have to face the facts: there will be illegal immigrants if you don't let them in, so this way you keep track of who is coming in." Well, I mean...I guess we can't stop it, so we should just forget about the whole national security thing, right?.

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  3. (sarcasm) In the way you proposed, you make it seem as if suddenly every illegal immigrant, now knowing that they were legal, would suddenly form a nice straight line and smile for their pictures and fill out their questionaires. Many I.I.'s are fleeing their country for a specific reason, rather than trying to get into the USA. I doubt even that many of the I.I.'s without a criminal record in their old country would even bother to go through the security checkpoint. The whole picture and question idea is so slack, that for getting caught entering illegally they would probably only get a slap on the wrist.

    4. "But as I've told you before, the illegal immigrants anchor the jobs into the US." Look, the vast majority of jobs that many I.I.'s take when they enter the US are NEVER going to be outsourced!! You think that it's cheaper for a company to hire someone India to come over and mop their floors at night? Or for someone from China to come over and work on a construction site? The truth is, the only blue-collar jobs that are being outsourced are mainly in mass-manufacturing, and if they were to stay in the US, most of them would be done by machines anyway. All the higher-paying jobs that are going overseas have to do with computers, and I think we would be hard pressed to find a computer company who would be willing to hire an obvious illegal immigrant without an ID, green card, history of paying taxes, etc.

    So yeah, that's my take on the whole thing. I wish that people would just stop coming in illegally. They're basically spitting in the faces of those who do.

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  4. (sorry, had to continue my post over two different ones)

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