Immigration in the Workplace

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Immigration in the Workplace
Over than 10 million illegal immigrants live in the United States, and 1,400 more arrive every day (Katel). Seeing the great economic opportunity in the U.S. immigrants cross the border to work low wage jobs and begin a new life. While illegal immigrants only take up a small 5 percent of the United states workforce, these illegal aliens take up American jobs, threaten national security, and ruin culture because the refuse to assimilate (Katel). Many agree in this debate that the presence of so many immigrants actually boost our economy. Illegal immigration raises difficult questions about the American economy and how the country continues to seek low wage labor while at the same time providing opportunities for its citizens. The United States government should pass a law penalizing the corporate Americans and homeowners alike for hiring illegal immigrants. This bill will give less incentive for illegal aliens to penetrate the U.S. border and will help control the immigration population. In 2005 there were 21.7 million legal immigrants and 10.3 million illegal immigrants in the United States (Katel). The number may seem low for illegal immigrants but the facts show that sense 2005 the number of illegal immigrants has grown. The United States government grants over 1 million immigrants citizenship a year. This means that the U.S. government is allowing immigrants to come to America legally. When immigrants get desperate, they enter the country illegally. Illegal immigrants enter not because there is no proper way to become a U.S. citizen but because the legalization process is long, it costs money to the individual, requires them to take a history test about the United States, and is the harder way to gain access to the United States of America. Since the early 2000’s the United States has seen a growth of illegal immigrant far beyond the “traditional gatekeeper states” such as Texas and California (Greenblatt). The concern is that too many of these illegal immigrants are taking thousands if not hundreds of thousands of jobs away from legal citizens, as well as costing tax payers more and more money to pay for things like education, hospital bills, and welfare. The government is now considering whether or not to spend millions of dollars so that traffic signs can have Spanish and English on them. With the growing luxury of not even having to learn English, many illegal immigrants are finding it easier and easier to live in the United States. Something needs to be done to slow and eventually stop what could one day be a threat to national security. In order to fight illegal immigration, society must first see what drives immigrants to flock to the United States. To start off illegal immigration has become a prominent part of corporate America. Sense the U.S. economy has been on a roller coaster sense the early two thousands; Illegal immigrants have found more and more opportunities in the corporate world. In fact, “20 per cent of farming occupations, 17 per cent of cleaning occupations, 12 per cent of construction and 11 percent of food preparation occupations are held by undocumented workers” (Wagner). While things like “being a dry-waller, brick-layer, house framer, painter, roofer, carpet layer, plumber, or electrician was a decently compensated, middle class trade,” it has now become “the work for illegal aliens at far less than the free market rate” (Wagner). The middle class seems to be less and less prevalent as illegal aliens over take their jobs. Now Corporate America is becoming greedy by continuing to hire illegal aliens for cheaper labor. And with cheaper labor it gives them more money in their pocket. It can be clearly seen that the relationship between employer and immigrant is one of great reward for both parties. With this type of guarantee that immigrants will find jobs in America it is no wonder why they have no incentive to stay home....
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