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The United States of America has the largest foreign-born population in the world. With nearly thirteen percent of the total population being foreign-born, one may find it hard to imagine an immigrant-free country (U.S. Bureau of the Census). Immigration has been an integral part of the United States' overall success and the country's economy since it was established and without it, would have never been founded at all. Although there are some negative issues associated with immigration and many native-born Americans believe to be more of a problem than a solution, overall it actually has a positive effect. Immigrants in America, among other things, fill jobs where native-born Americans may not want to work or cannot work, they contribute to Social Services and Medicaid through taxes and they help provide the backbone of America, especially by working jobs that natives may have not even considered. There is no denying that immigration will always be a factor in the development of the United States. Whether it is due to religious beliefs, economic problems or even war in their native country, emigrants will always come to America with hopes of starting a new life in the "Land of the Free". Fortunately, the people who do choose to legally migrate to America are generally motivated for success and well-educated. Even the immigrants who are not well educated are motivated to succeed, work hard and take jobs in areas where labor forces are low or jobs that a native-born American may not even consider, effectively making them a contributing member of society. The first increasingly significant benefit that should be noted is the sheer work force that immigration provides. Due to the Baby Boomers, the native work force will not be able to grow rapidly enough to fulfill Social Security payouts. The foreign-born work force will be able to supplement the native work force in order to satiate the financial needs through taxes. This is substantiated by the recent "Summary of the 2011 Annual Reports" that shows an increase in immigration will result in a longer guaranteed payout. One common misconception among native-born Americans is that with a virtually unlimited supply of "outsiders" willing to do a job for less than the native who is currently doing that same job, the value of the low-skilled work force is decreased as a whole. This, in turn, leads to the belief that immigrants are depressing the wages of that working class. However, over the last twenty years, numerous studies have been conducted in order to find out if this is true or not and in most cases the findings indicate that, "Immigration seems to have no effects on the wages or employment of white natives and very slight, if any, negative effects on the wages and employment of native blacks." (Waldinger, David, Lichter 19) This means that in the working class most affected by immigration, the least educated and least skilled native-born Americans, the changes in wages are hardly noticeable due to immigrants. In actuality, the "overall low-skilled native wages are 2.4 percent lower as a result of immigration" (Orrenius 21). Additionally, in many cases the job or profession is one that would not appeal to a native-born American, such as lawn services, construction, or janitorial work. This supply of cheap labor actually benefits American companies who are competing in the global market. However, there is one downside to cheap labor. Inevitably, some native-born Americans will lose their job to an immigrant willing and able to do it for less. The problem, as many natives see it, is the cost of welfare to support those unemployed Americans. In the end, the blame for this cannot be put on immigrants. It should be placed upon the native-born Americans who were not educated and skilled enough to either keep their job or have a job that is unaffected by that scenario. Furthermore, according to Orrenius' "U.S. Immigration and Economic Growth: Putting Policy on Hold", the percentage of unemployment rate from 2000 to 2002 of foreign-born residents was 6.9 percent, while the rate for native workers was 6.1 percent. So statistically, foreign-born citizens are not getting all of the jobs and pushing the native-born Americans out, they are in the exact same boat. Finally, with immigrants performing so many jobs in America, it allows for the native resources to be spread more evenly and effectively. Jobs that may require communication skills would be out of reach for a large portion of immigrants, even the immigrants who can speak fluent English, and allows these jobs to be filled by native citizens. This applies to all working classes, especially white-collar jobs in which the higher salary position will more than likely be given to a native citizen. The debate over immigration will continue to rage, fueled by angry native citizens who feel wronged by immigration. In the big picture, however, there is strong evidence that America's economy is tied to legal immigration and could not have risen to the heights it has without it. Although illegal immigration needs to be addressed, legal immigration should never be restricted or disallowed. The legal immigrates to America, no matter what working or social class, benefit the native population as much as they benefit themselves. If Americans want to continue to prosper, immigration must be accepted and worked with rather than against.
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Immigration: Important To The Success Of America

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              The United States of America has the largest foreign-born population in the world. With nearly thirteen percent of the total population being foreign-born, one may find it hard to imagine an immigrant-free country (U. S. Bureau of the Census). Immigration has been an integral part of the United States' overall success and the country's economy since it was established and without it, would have never been founded at all. Although there are some negative issues associated with immigration and many native-born Americans believe to be more of a problem than a solution, overall it actually has a positive effect. Immigrants in America, among other things, fill jobs where native-born Americans may not want to work or cannot work, they contribute to Social Services and Medicaid through taxes and they help provide the backbone of America, especially by working jobs that natives may have not even considered.
              There is no denying that immigration will always be a factor in the development of the United States. Whether it is due to religious beliefs, economic problems or even war in their native country, emigrants will always come to America with hopes of starting a new life in the "Land of the Free". Fortunately, the people who do choose to legally migrate to America are generally motivated for success and well-educated. Even the immigrants who are not well educated are motivated to succeed, work hard and take jobs in areas where labor forces are low or jobs that a native-born American may not even consider, effectively making them a contributing member of society.
             
              The first increasingly significant benefit that should be noted is the sheer work force that immigration provides. Due to the Baby Boomers, the native work force will not be able to grow rapidly enough to fulfill Social Security payouts. The foreign-born work force will be able to supplement the native work force in order to satiate the financial needs through taxes. This is substantiated by the recent "Summary of the 2011 Annual Reports" that shows an increase in immigration will result in a longer guaranteed payout.
              One common misconception among native-born Americans is that with a virtually unlimited supply of "outsiders" willing to do a job for less than the native who is currently doing that same job, the value of the low-skilled work force is decreased as a whole. This, in turn, leads to the belief that immigrants are depressing the wages of that working class. However, over the last twenty years, numerous studies have been conducted in order to find out if this is true or not and in most cases the findings indicate that, "Immigration seems to have no effects on the wages or employment of white natives and very slight, if any, negative effects on the wages and employment of native blacks. " (Waldinger, David, Lichter 19)
              This means that in the working class most affected by immigration, the least educated and least skilled native-born Americans, the changes in wages are hardly noticeable due to immigrants. In actuality, the "overall low-skilled native wages are 2. 4 percent lower as a result of immigration" (Orrenius 21). Additionally, in many cases the job or profession is one that would not appeal to a native-born American, such as lawn services, construction, or janitorial work. This supply of cheap labor actually benefits American companies who are competing in the global market.
             
              However, there is one downside to cheap labor. Inevitably, some native-born Americans will lose their job to an immigrant willing and able to do it for less. The problem, as many natives see it, is the cost of welfare to support those unemployed Americans. In the end, the blame for this cannot be put on immigrants. It should be placed upon the native-born Americans who were not educated and skilled enough to either keep their job or have a job that is unaffected by that scenario. Furthermore, according to Orrenius' "U. S. Immigration and Economic Growth: Putting Policy on Hold", the percentage of unemployment rate from 2000 to 2002 of foreign-born residents was 6. 9 percent, while the rate for native workers was 6. 1 percent. So statistically, foreign-born citizens are not getting all of the jobs and pushing the native-born Americans out, they are in the exact same boat.
             
              Finally, with immigrants performing so many jobs in America, it allows for the native resources to be spread more evenly and effectively. Jobs that may require communication skills would be out of reach for a large portion of immigrants, even the immigrants who can speak fluent English, and allows these jobs to be filled by native citizens. This applies to all working classes, especially white-collar jobs in which the higher salary position will more than likely be given to a native citizen.
             
              The debate over immigration will continue to rage, fueled by angry native citizens who feel wronged by immigration. In the big picture, however, there is strong evidence that America's economy is tied to legal immigration and could not have risen to the heights it has without it. Although illegal immigration needs to be addressed, legal immigration should never be restricted or disallowed. The legal immigrates to America, no matter what working or social class, benefit the native population as much as they benefit themselves. If Americans want to continue to prosper, immigration must be accepted and worked with rather than against.
Immigration Essay 
Waldinger, Roger David, and Michael Ira Lichter. How the Other Half Works : Immigration and the Social Organization of Labor. University of California Press, 2003. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). EBSCO. Web. 10 Oct. 2011.
United States. Bureau of the Census. 2010 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates. "B05012. Nativity in the United States: 2010." American FactFinder. 2010. Bureau of the Census, n.d. Web. 8 October 2011.
Pia M. Orrenius and Madeline Zavodny. "Does Immigration Affect Wages? A Look at Occupational-Level Evidence." Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Research Department. Working Paper 0302. August 2003. 21. Print.
Pia M. Orrenius. "U.S. Immigration and Economic Growth: Putting Policy on Hold." Dallsfed.org. Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Research Department. December 2003. Web. 7 October 2011
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