Immigration Affects all Americans
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Immigration Affects all Americans With an election year just a year away, the topic of immigration and how it affects us as a nation will be one of the more controversial and hotly debated subjects. The United States deficit has reached 18 trillion dollars, this has made many question the financial implications of President Obamas executive order on immigration. Social programs are paid for by federal, state, and local governments and policy makers and the public want to know how these programs will be affected by his executive order. Those that defend the order state that the nation only stands to gain on tax revenue that had …show more content…
These taxes were not to discourage immigration, they were set in place to help defer some of the costs the federal government had to pay for immigration officials (Alchin, 2015). It wasn’t until 1996 that President Clinton signed a welfare reform bill that excluded legal immigrants from social programs such as food stamps, welfare payments, and Supplemental Security Income (Creekmore, 2004). If legal immigrants do not qualify for social programs, what are the issues and debated costs of immigration and of President Obamas executive order?
President Obamas’ Executive Order
Due to the lack of Congress passing new immigration reform policies, President Obama took the controversial step and signed an executive order to alter the current immigration policy to provide a pathway for undocumented immigrants to obtain legal status and to increase boarder security along with other features. President Obama did not want to pass the executive order, he would have preferred that Congress had acted on their own. When President Obama addressed Congress he stated "To those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better," he said, "or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill." (Facts on File, 2015, Para 11) Congress failed to act, President
Throughout history more often than not, many men have committed controversial acts affecting the United States greatly while holding the mantle of President. Every job has its perks and being the commander and chief of the free world comes with one known as Executive powers. With Obama using this to introduce his new Immigration policy plan he has stirred up far more conflict than any of his predecessors ever did. Well, except for Nixon of course but that’s a different story.
Throughout the years there has been and increasing number of illegal immigrants in this country. Just recently Obama took executive action to shield illegal immigrants from deportation. A Texas Judge though blocked his executive action on immigration. Illegal immigration is a huge controversy here in the United States partly due to Americans thinking that illegal immigrates are taking jobs, causing lower wages, and the costs of education. In Immigration and the American Worker, George Borjas found that the presence of immigrant workers, whether they are legal or illegal, made the U.S economy about 11 percent larger each year. If overall the U.S economy is better off with illegal immigrant workers, then why is there a push for harsher immigration policies? The controversy is due to the fact that the impact of illegal immigration changes from state to state. I hypothesize that the problem is the distribution of illegal immigrants across the United States. I believe that the benefits outweigh the costs and that because of the distribution of illegal immigrants, the costs are only felt by a few. By granting amnesty to the undocumented workers we could increase the level of tax payers and better the lives of those who feel the costs of illegal immigrants the most. I will test this hypothesis out by looking at the impact illegal immigrant on the labor market, the cost of illegal immigration, cost of ant-immigrant policies, impact of legalization, and impact of amnesty.
Despite the years of Republican obstructionism in Congress, as well as a breathtaking lack of respect from his political opponent, President Obama reformed the healthcare and immigration system. President Obama signed the ACA into law in March 2010 and promoted a broad immigration reform. Although it did not become law, the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, (DREAM Act) set the stage for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. “Immigration and Executive Action” article writes:
In 1986 Ronald Regan signed into law the Immigration Reform and Control Act, an amnesty act that would alleviate the current immigration problems. Through this law, out of five million illegal immigrants, an estimated four million could have applied to become legal U.S. Citizens. This law was supposed to put a definite stop to illegal immigration into the United States. However, ever since the law was enacted, statistics show that the numbers of illegal immigrants in the United States have ascended from an estimated 5 million in 1986, to about 11 million today. Therefore because of these rising numbers, immigration has been one of the most popular topics in U.S. elections and debates. So on November 20th 2014, President Obama announced to the nation the executive actions that he 's planning to take to fix our nation 's broken immigration system.
He also said that he was going to use his power of executive orders to reform immigration. If Congress does not make the laws then there are no laws to execute. This executive order may help more than five million “undocumented” immigrates residing in the United States along with countless, “Dreamers” (immigrates brought to the U.S. as children). Mr. Obama believes that the system cannot get much worse and see his executive order as a way to reform. The President reminded the other two branches of the government that Congress is to pass laws while the judiciary has to translate those laws using the Constitution of the United States. Mr. Obama does not intent to change laws concerning immigration but he does plan to use those laws to support undocumented persons and children. The President said, “We didn’t raise the Statue of Liberty with her back to the world; we did it with her light shining as a beacon to the world.” He put Congress and the Courts on notice that he would use his power for reform. The United States supported an immigration bill that mapped out a way for millions of illegal’s a way to become citizens. Most of the
The reforming of America?s immigration policy is something that can no longer be avoided and must be dealt with as soon as possible. Years of neglect by governmental agencies and policies makers have now made this issue one of the biggest in American politics. First of it must be understood that immigration does no only effect curtain areas of the country and curtain aspect of public life but rather all of American life. Both legal and illegal immigration affect major issues such as jobs availability for all citizens, wages, education in public schools system and in general, health care issues, and the homeland security.
Our President Barack Obama recently made changes to our immigration policy. He announced some major changes to the United States immigration policies. President Obamas recent changes was made through executive action. The executive action included a series of steps towards fixing our immigration policies. According to a guide to the immigration “The series of changes updates relies on the expansion of successfully implemented programs, enhanced efforts to coordinate immigration enforcement and benefit policies across agencies, and attempts to use immigration as a tool of economic and social change.”(A guide to immigration). The President executive action would retool critical aspects of the immigration system. It would change how we enforce
On November 20, 2014, President Obama signaled a significant turn in U.S. immigration policy. Acknowledging Congress's failure to adopt a comprehensive overhaul of the nation's "broken immigration system," the President announced measures to "help make our immigration system fairer and more just." (1) The centerpiece of the announcement was a program allowing certain illegal immigrants with children who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents "to apply to stay in this country temporarily without fear of
“Households headed by illegal aliens imposed more than 26.3 billion dollars in costs on the federal government…and paid only 16 billion dollars in taxes, creating a net fiscal deficit of almost 10.4 billion dollars, or two thousand seven hundred dollars per illegal household” (Miller 1). Some people would argue that immigrants come to America to take jobs that no one else will do, but the illegal immigrants are in fact draining social services and stealing free health care benefits. In addition, immigrants pay little or no taxes to benefit the social services and health care providers that they drain. By doing so, the American tax payers must take on the high price of the American
Imagine a world without pizza...because no one ever brought that idea over. Or imagine not being able to play soccer with your friends…because none of them have ever heard of it. Or even imagine a world where everyone looks the same, talks the same, and acts the same. Immigration has a positive effect on America because immigrants strengthen the economy, create jobs, and increase cultural diversity.
The immigration reform by our president will turn undocumented workers into American tax paying citizens. Another aspect of the economic immigration challenge is that Congress has been unable to balance a budget and continues to raise the debt ceiling. The national debt is a huge setback for congressional budgeting. The hottest topic among the
President Obama’s executive action was met with mixed reactions across the nation when it was proposed. There were many who felt that granting deferred action to illegal immigrants would only put a greater strain on the economy, the healthcare system, and the job market while others felt it would allow those living in the shadows an opportunity to come forward, and stop living in fear of deportation.
Besides the fact that these immigration reforms would raise the wages, they would also ensure that the current labor force would sufficiently meet the demands of the ever growing society. The fact that they would significantly increase the wages also implies that the purchasing power or rather demand of the consumers would be increased (Porter, 2013). An increase in aggregate demand implies an increase in output. The economy would be better placed. With reference to the federal budget on the other hand, government expenditure on consumer welfare would be reduced. The impact on the federal budgetary reform in this case is direct, the immigration policies, in the long term, would be the reduction in terms of government expenditure. The Bipartisan Policy Center recently released a report that substantiates the impact of the immigration reform on the federal budget. The report categorically stated that, ‘effective immigration reform can be a powerful instrument of economic revitalization. By increasing the overall population and particularly the number of working-age labor-force participants, reform can help expand the economy.’ The impact of the immigration policy states in the report that the immigration policy would increase economic growth, lower the deficit in the federal budget, increase the size for labor force, increase the demand for housing due to an increase in terms of the population and on the long term, raise the wages. This will offer the US economy and the federal budget a much-needed boost. The impact of the immigration policy on the federal budget therefore comes with its own benefits but it is important to note that the primary benefits will be noted in the long run (Preston,
One of the most controversial issues in politics today is that of illegal immigration. “Immigration has been a constant source of economic vitality and demographic dynamism throughout our nation’s history.” (CAP Immigration Team, 2014) There are thousands of immigrants that arrive in the United States each year. Over the years, illegal immigration has been growing despite policies made to prevent this growth. In my opinion, immigration will continue to be a social issue that is fiercely debated during the 2016 Presidential elections in the United States. There are people who support immigration while others are against it. Many arguments about this debate involve how the economy is affected. We will discuss the many implications from immigration, both positive and negative.
In today's world, the president of the United States holds the most important position with significant political power in other parts of the world. The president's job description expands further than the United States; he or she holds significant influence in the world. Furthermore, the position allows the president to shape foreign policy, which can affect global decisions such as immigration. For many decades, immigrants from around the world have come to help build America. For example, statistics show how working immigrants have increased the GDP as a result of their employment in the states. Nevertheless, immigrants have not always been welcomed to the country for several reasons such controversy has caused divide among Americans. Those who support banning immigrants cite social and economic drawbacks to the nation. While those who are in favor of immigration applaud their contribution to the nation's economy. Although immigration has some disadvantages, the United States benefits significantly from immigration and it needs control to foster these benefits.