The U.S. Needs Immigrants Now Than Ever

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It's just an opinion of how I feel about the issue regarding immigration in this country.

Submitted: March 18, 2020

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Kabera, Baraka Alex 

24 November 2019 

The U.S. Needs Immigrants Now Than Ever 

Immigration is the action of coming to live permanently in a foreign country immigration. It has always been a great thing to America, and most presidents showed support for immigrants until one man decided that they are irrelevant. United States President Donald J. Trump is famously known for his slogan, "Make America Great Again." This slogan is usually written on his red hat. Ever since he became president, there have been issues with the immigration status. Trump keeps on coming up with anti-immigration policies that have failed by the court. When he figured that not everyone was on his side, he decided to use his power over people. He threatened to propose a governmental shutdown until his project of building a wall was funded. Trump does not want immigrants-especially Mexicans- to come to the United States. He has been all over the new insulting Mexicans, calling them all kinds of names. Trump believes that they are a threat to this country and that the best way he can make America great again is by getting rid of them all. Immigrants are the foundation of this country. The U.S. needs immigrants now than ever before. They are very important, especially in this country. There are so many reasons why immigrants are exceedingly relevant to this great country besides bringing cultures together. They raise the economy, they expand the U.S. population, and most importantly, immigrants help create good relationships between the United States and other nations.  

First and foremost, immigrants help grow the U.S. population. Immigrants are almost half the U.S. population. In the commodity "Immigrants in the U.S. States with the Fastest-Growing Foreign-Born Populations," Jeanne Batalova and Elijah Alperin state that "...the U.S. population is at its highest level since 1910, with the approximately 44 million immigrants living in the United States representing 13.5 percent of the overall population." If not for immigrants, this country would have been the smallest country in the world in terms of how many people live in it. For example, this country is made up of ethnic groups from different continents such as Africa, Asia, Europe, and so on. Furthermore, immigrants continue to have bigger families than native Americans. In the article "Immigration Drives U.S. Population Growth," Edwin S. Rubenstein states that "The foreign-born population is expected to grow nearly four times faster than the native-born population..." Americans barely increase the U.S. population, they need immigrants to bring and make more babies. For example, unlike in other countries, it is abnormal to have more than five children in the U.S. Also, the U.S. population is built by different ethnicities. According to the Pew Research Centre, "Without immigration since 1965, the U.S. today would have a median age of 41, not 38. The nation would be 75% white instead of 62%. Hispanics would be 8% of the population, not 18%. And Asians would be less than 1% of Americans, instead of 6%." This shows how much immigrants contribute to this country's overall population. Finally, immigrants do not come and go, they try to settle. They learn to obey the rules. They try to become citizens too. The U.S. is the fourth-largest country in the world, and it is all thanks to the immigrants. The last countries in terms of the population probably have fewer immigrants. Based on these statistics, allowing more immigrants in the U.S. will serve as a great factor in population growth. 

Secondly, it is in my best belief that immigrants help raise the U.S. economy. Though Trump is worried about them taking jobs from native-born Americans, the U.S. needs them to work and pay taxes for the economy to remain stable. All citizens are required to pay taxes so the government can fix roads, hospitals and build schools. Some immigrants are not even permanent citizens but they still pay taxes. According to Zachary Mueller's article "Immigration 101: Do Immigrants Pay Taxes?" "...immigrants paid $405.4 billion in taxes in 2017, including an estimated $27.2 billion in taxes paid by undocumented immigrants." This means that even undocumented or illegal immigrants pay taxes, too. Immigrants do what is possible just to feed their families. If they get deported, they do not have any other place to go. What is even more painful is that they do not fully benefit from these taxes. For example, through paying taxes, immigrants support local schools and other programs that are not beneficial to them such as, social security, which is available security for U.S. citizens only. Furthermore, immigrants are the only group of people in the U.S. that are willing to do any jobs regardless. In "What Are the Jobs That Immigrants," Krystal D'costa states that "Unauthorized immigrant workers are concentrated in agriculture (17%), construction (13%), and leisure and hospitality (9%)." Generally speaking, immigrants come from different countries, some speak English, and others do not. Most of them are illiterate, therefore, they get low paying jobs such as farming, warehouse jobs, etcetera. They work very harder and make less than native-born Americans. Additionally, foreigners do not take our jobs they use them to create more job opportunities. Investigations prove that immigrants are more likely to create businesses than native-born Americans. In Jessica Stillman's article "Immigrants' Big Role in Small Business," she said that "...65% of taxi drivers are immigrants, 54% of dry cleaning and laundry businesses are owned by immigrants, and 53% of gas stations are immigrant-owned." Immigrants do not just take jobs, they also build beneficial businesses for all Americans, not just themselves. Trump continues to say that they are taking jobs, but he made a lot of promises to the people that he will create more jobs. Also, having more immigrants in the country means having more workers and more taxes to support the economy. “A bundle of belongings isn’t the only thing a refugee brings to his new country” (Albert Einstein). Therefore, we need more immigrants to create and continue running small businesses in the United States. 

Lastly, the U.S. needs immigrants to make good relationships with other countries. They help create unity between the U.S. and other countries. The U.S. must be friendly to immigrants to do business with other countries. In the article "Saudi Arabia is No. 2 supplier of oil to the United States," Matt Egan claims that "The United States still imports 7.9 million barrels of foreign crude per day and a sizable chunk comes from Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil exporter." The U.S. is one of the top oil consumers in the world, yet oil is not naturally from America. Other countries have resources that the U.S. needs, and for the U.S. to trade with them, they need to be friendly to immigrants. For example, if Trump deports any Saudi Arabians or develop any other problems, then the Saudi Arabian President Mohammed Bin Salman might not be willing to do business with the U.S. As a result, he might stop exporting oil to the U.S. which may affect every citizen. Live alone oil, the U.S. uses natural resources such as gold, diamonds, etcetera -to build devices -which are not naturally from the U.S. According to the studies, "...billions of dollars’ worth of gold is being smuggled out of Africa every year through the United Arab Emirates in the Middle East – a gateway to markets in Europe, the United States and beyond – a Reuters analysis has found" (David Lewis, Ryan McNeill, Zandi Shabalala). These resources are used to build cars, phones, etcetera. If he deports immigrants back to their countries, they will hold on to their resources, and the U.S. economy will collapse slowly. The U.S. needs to be able to communicate with other nations to remain economically stable. In other words, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador might never be willing to look out for the U.S. after Trump decided to build a wall in between them. The wall must not exist, if the United States ever wishes to do business with Mexico, therefore, the U.S. needs immigrants. 

On the other hand, some people believe that immigrants are a threat to the U.S. economy and that they are bringing crime to this country. During an interview on Foxx News, Trump claimed that Mexicans are bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” What he is saying is that Mexicans are bringing negativity to this country and that they are criminals. It might be accurate for some of them, but not all. Also, this genuine for other nations, including the U.S. itself. However, studies show that native-Americans are more likely to commit crimes than immigrants. In the article " Illegal Immigrants and Crime – Assessing the Evidence," Alex Nowrasteh stated that "From the 1911 Immigration Commission, also known as the Dillingham Commission, to the 1931 Wickersham Commission, and 1994’s Barbara Jordan Commission, each has reported that immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than native-born Americans." He also claimed that they are “...taking our jobs. They're taking our manufacturing jobs. They’re taking our money. They’re killing us.” The fact is that these immigrants do not "steal jobs," they take on the jobs Native-Americans are not willing to do. According to Tanvi Misra "By 2022, 4 million more jobs that don’t require high school degrees will be added to the U.S. job market. We’ll need low-skilled immigrants to do those jobs, as native-born workers graduate to higher-skill level positions." Whether Trump believes it or not, the U.S. needs immigrants. According to Wikipedia, Trump's mother was an immigrant from Scotland in the United Kingdom. He should stop hating immigrants because if his mother did not migrate to the U.S., he would have not even become president. They are the foundation of this great nation, and they must do the jobs to keep America on top. If Trump deports immigrants, it will be tragic for the U.S. and everyone involved because the U.S. economic system will crash. This could affect everybody in America, including Trump himself. 

In conclusion, it is clear that immigrants play a huge role in this nation's economic growth, population growth, and creates allies. Immigrants do a fantastic job of bringing the world together. We all have different opinions and beliefs. Not every U.S. citizen hates immigrants so, do not let one person make a false decision for all citizens. Let us all not be manipulated into believing that immigrants are a threat to this country, but instead, view them as very important people. Immigrants bring more greatness to this country than just crime. They are selfless people who share their ideas and invent new things for all Americans. It will be so selfish for the U.S. to pay attention to the negativity that immigrants bring rather than appreciating the positivity they bring to this country. This country is made up of people from different ethnic groups, and seeing them work together to build this country is what makes America great. It is not like these people would love to be here, but they do not have anywhere else to go. If they really want to deport them then provide them with transport and resources so they are ready to move on when they get back to the home countries. Most of them have sacrificed their whole lives contributing to this country but now being deported with nothing. It is unfair. The best solution is to work together as one as long as everyone does their part. They are people, too. It is time to spread humanity instead of inhumanity and all nations in the world working together, not separately. Looking in U.S. history, this country has come a long way for it to be ruined by one person. The main reason why people migrate is that they are looking for peace. Therefore, legalize immigration and allow more immigrants because they are only here for peace, not to threaten this country. It will benefit both sides. Immigrants will remain happy, and the native-Americans will be happy too. 

 

 

 

SOURCES 

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