Immigration: Important to the Success of America Essay

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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 …show more content…
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