The Impact Of Immigration On American Workers

893 Words Sep 5th, 2016 4 Pages
The last forty years have seen a dramatic upsurge in the figure of both legal and illegal immigrants arriving in the United States. The overall immigrant population has increased from 9.6 million in 1970 (4.8 percent of the population) to 43 million (13 percent the population) in 2014 (http://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/frequently-requested-statistics-immigrants-and-immigration-united-states/). This immense influx of immigration has incited passionate debate over its costs and benefits. One of the dominant topics in this debate is its effect on American workers, mostly those who work at the bottom of the labor force. There is some discrepancy about the scope of the impact on American workers. However, economists and politicians mostly agree that less educated workers have done badly in the labor market as immigration has increased. Studying the history, causes, and effects of the U.S. Immigration policy will aid in defining its effect on domestic workers.
Until the last few decades, most immigrants to the U.S. were more highly educated, skilled, and trained than were the average population in their countries of origin. Much of the immigration to the U.S. during this period was from poor countries. The promise of higher wages and being able to send earnings back home provided skilled workers with more incentive to emigrate to the U.S. Conversely, today’s immigrants, while also coming from impoverished areas, are concentrated in low-wage, low-skill jobs. Recent data shows…
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