In 1620, a group of pilgrims came to this great land as immigrants. 397 years later, America is turning away or deporting immigrants. It is extremely inequitable and wrong. Deporting somebody for their ethnicity in the 21st century is beyond unfair and unjust. Other than a border on a map, everyone is the same. Everyone is a part of the human race. These people deserve to have an opportunity in this great land. They should not have to worry about getting arrested nor deported. Throughout the years there has been multiple debates about whether or not those who are here illegally should be granted amnesty. Whether you are for it or against it, it is no secret that immigrants boost the economy tremendously. They pay taxes, are law abiding, and have the right to come to our country. It is time to create a secure and reasonable road to citizenship. All illegal immigrants should be granted amnesty.
Immigrants help out our economy. For many years, illegal aliens have been the key to economic growth in the United States. The more outsiders we have settling here, the more jobs are needed. The more jobs, the higher the wages. “Between 1990 and 2004, increased immigration was correlated with increasing earnings of Americans by 0.7 percent and is expected to contribute to an increase of 1.8 percent over the long-term, according to a study by the University of California at Davis”(obamawhitehouse.gov). According to CNN, they are 50% more likely to create a business than U.S. born citizens. In fact, out of 500 fortune companies, 40% of them were founded by foreigners. “According to the Fiscal Policy Institute, small businesses owned by immigrants employed an estimated 4.7 million people in 2007, and according to the latest estimates, these small businesses generated more than $776 billion annually”(obamawhitehouse.gov). They come here looking for the “American Dream” and they turn them into American jobs. “Comprehensive immigration reform could support and create up to 900,000 new jobs within three years of reform from the increase in consumer spending, according to the Center for American Progress”(obamawhitehouse.gov). There should be no skepticism when reasoning on whether or not they boost our economy.
“Each year undocumented immigrants add billions of dollars in sales, excise, property, income and payroll taxes, including Social Security, Medicare and unemployment taxes, to federal, state and local coffers”(procon.org). If paying taxes was a crime then immigrants should be imprisoned! Foreigners pay taxes in fact, $12 billion a year to social security. In 2010, 3.1 million immigrants paid taxes. $11.64 billion dollars were paid to states and local taxes, which is on average 8% of their total household income. A household tends to pay around $10,334 a year. In a ten year period, $109 billion dollars will be paid due to taxes. The U.S. does not let foreigners have almost all of the benefits that government offers, even though they contribute a hefty load of money to them.
“Immigrants have been less likely than the native born to be criminals for about the past century at least” (pri.org). “A March 2017 study from the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, found that illegal immigrants had incarceration rates of 0.85 percent, compared to 1.53 percent for native-born Americans”(newsweek.com). Many will argue that immigrants are criminals and will only cause more issues. Just because someone’s home country is associated with drugs dealers, murders, and rapist doesn’t mean they are. People fleet to America to get away from all the negative and harshness. The mind-set that most foreigners have is to come here and work to make a living for their family. They know if they commit crimes they will be deported and taken away from that mind-set. Yes, crossing the border can illegal, but “a 2006 study showed that roughly 45% of undocumented immigrants originally entered the US legally, but then remained in the country without authorization after their visas had expired”(cnn.com).14% of inmates are illegal and most “crimes” are caused by immigration violations. Less than 5% of inmates in state prisons are illegal. Saying that foreigners are criminals would be erroneous.
Immigration is a natural right for all. The natural law is used to allude to human rights that everyone possesses by integrity of our humanity. These rights circumscribe areas of human behavior where individuals are unrestricted and we do not need permission from the government before making choices in those aspects. Thomas Jefferson acknowledged personal sovereignty in the Declaration of Independence. He wrote about how God, the creator of all, gave us rights. Since he was our creator, he was the one who gave us inalienable human rights. “Jefferson determined the rights as well-known litany of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”(reason.com). Most immigrants come to America seeking the pursuit of happiness that their country just could not provide. Many were too young to have a say in whether or not they wanted to migrate or not. We should not force those who were brought over to be deported back to their home country. Plus, borders are just lines on a map. Taking away immigration would strip people of their natural rights that were established centuries ago.
Approximately 11 million illegal immigrants are in America as of today. It would be nearly impossible to round them all up and deport them. We cannot just whistle and they will come running. It just does not work like that. In attempt to wrangle them up, we would have to expand bureaucracy. Yes, that would mean more jobs would be created, but where would we get the money to pay hundreds of new employees? Most families do not live together, so we would be removing them from their family. Some adults are illegal and their kids are legal. What will happen to the kids? Do we really want to tear apart families? We would not just take them from their families, we would also take millions out of the labor pool. Jobs would be lost. Businesses would close and our economy would decline. Deporting illegal foreigners is nearly impossible and it would take too long to gather them up. The United States seems to have the habit of taking one step forward and two steps back. Engaging in this plan most definitely would be the two steps back.
Miscellaneous jobs around the house are done by immigrants including: housekeeping and yard work. Out of the 11 million undocumented immigrants, 7-8 million of them are working and contributing to the growing work force. Illegal foreigners are mandatory for the States Labor Market. Unemployment is above 8% and some Americans say they feel cheated and that they could fill the jobs that immigrants do. The truth is they simply cannot. The reason why unemployment rates keep rising is, because Americans will not work for less. Immigrants will do whatever to get food on their table at the end of the day. Many Americans do not want to mulch, mow, and landscape in the blistering sun 10 hours a day making $8.00 an hour. Americans are becoming more educated and skillful, they want a higher position with a more reasonable pay. The problem is that we still need people willing to do the odd jobs. The odd jobs just do not disappear. America needs unskilled hard workers just as much as we need educated skilled workers.