Economic Impact of Immigration

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Have you ever really considered just how important all of the factors involved in bringing a salad to the table at your favorite restaurant? If you have not, it is important that you read this paper to understand the impact that immigrated persons have on the population, jobs, wages, services, and ultimately the economy of California. Not to mention the intricate tie the economy has to one of California’s biggest commerces; agriculture. The intention of this paper is to discuss and investigate the impact of immigrated persons on the economy of California and a look at both sides of of the argument about what could happen without a constant level maintained of immigrated persons to keep the California economy moving. Without the immigrant workforce the commerce in the state would come to strand still. This is largely because in 2004 California had 36.6 million residents, and approximately 9.6 million of the population at that time was foreign born. This portion of the population represents more than a quarter of the total population of the state. Imagine if you will what impact the loss if a quarter of the state’s population were simply sent back to where they came from? Can we be led to believe that any commerce in the way that it functions now could endure a permanent decline in volume of 25% not to mention expected the loss of expected growth? For a single business, a decline of 25% for any length of time would certainly not allow it to survive for long as volume is what keeps a business alive. Should the population be culled down to the seventy five percent of United States born citizenry the situation would only snowball into the worst possible scenario for one of the world’s largest economies. After a fall of California’s economy then small countries would likely follow and certainly major financial shockwaves would be felt around the world. According to a report published by the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy (2004), “The conclusion of most research on the subject is that immigration provides net economic benefits to domestic residents. In other words, immigration provides net benefits. In addition findings such as the following found in the report done by the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy (2004), points to positive indicators from immigration, “…. domestic migration to California has been positive except during the economic recession in the early 1990s. While it is possible that individual residents may have moved out of state in order to avoid competition with immigrants, the overall trends show continuing domestic migration to California even as immigration remains high and housing prices move to record levels in relation to the rest of the nation.” Non supporters of immigration publish their opposition to immigration. Reports like the one written by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, “Immigration, Energy and the Environment” have made parallels to immigration causing, and at the very least not helpful to the reduction of greenhouse gasses. This view by non-supporters, due to the sheer volume of people in immigrant status is a direct and major contributor to the reason why California is unable to meet the Kyoto green house standards. This supposition by the opposition is akin to stating that people should stop having children to eliminate the landfill issues that we currently have due to the tremendous amount of used diapers that children produce. Wage impact seems to weight heavy on the minds of the opposition to immigration. In an article published by JMK (2007) there are three reasons why downward pressure is exerted by the immigrated population: First, that because illegal immigrants are willing and able to work for sub par wages, which in turn makes it more difficult for non immigrant higher wage earning workers to demand higher pay setting the wage floor lower than it should be. Second, that immigrated persons tie into the...
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