Economic Effects of Immigration Essay

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The most avidly debated effects of immigration involve the United States’ economy and labor force. It is estimated that there are 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States today, and their impact on the economy can be perceived as positive as well as negative. The overall effect is unclear, and this essay will present both sides of the debate.

Many economic factors have been influenced by an increasing number of immigrants that have entered our country. Population growth has had a direct effect on our economy. The rate of population increase and how equip the United States is to handle this growth could have many different effects on the economy that could be considered productive or destructive to our economy.
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On the other hand, many could argue that immigration has had an extreme effect on our job market and immigrants are occupying jobs that should belong to American citizens. Either side of the argument on immigration contains valid points that are worth discussing and considering in the debate over economic effects that immigrants pose on this country. There are many arguments and many different view points on this complex subject, but the attempt throughout this paper will involve balanced arguments from both sides of the issue concerning economic effects in result of increased population from immigration, how our welfare and government funded programs have been affected by immigration economically, and the economic effects that immigration has had on our labor markets.

Population growth has occurred immensely throughout the world and projected tracts show a considerable increase within the United States and throughout the world through the year 2050. Population growth at an overwhelming rate can cause many effects on a society. More people within the United States can result in fewer resources for citizens.
To increase these sources we must produce more, and to achieve this we must use our economic resources. Immigration into the United States has been so prevalent during the past few decades that it has had a significant effect over the growth rate of our population. “If immigration continues at its
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