Research about the economic the impacts immigration can have on the United States. And a look at the effects that globalization may have on us. Is immigration a good or a bad thing? This paper will also discuss some possible outcomes that may stem from whether or not the people of Earth choose to start reforming immigration policies and participating in globalization. I’m a Business Administration major so I chose to exam the economic aspects more so.
Impacts of Globalization and Immigration in Society
In America today, it would be safe to say that most U.S. citizens are probably against immigration. We are a country built from immigrants of all races and nationalities. The U.S.A. was built on the visions of hard work ethics, imagination, ethical values, and a pioneering spirit. Our melting pot culture makes us the greatest nation the Earth has ever seen. We all came here by choice, to be a part of one unified nation that grants liberty and justice to all. Annually the United States absorbs more immigrants than any other nation on earth. How can Immigration be a problem?
In February of 2011 the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) came out with a study that examined the financial burden that immigration causes the United States. The report detailed how illegal immigration isn’t just a burden to our environment and our population; it is also a burden on our wallets. This is an urgent issue especially considering the tough economic times. Taking on additional financial burden is proving too difficult for the U.S. to handle. “Illegal immigration costs U.S. taxpayers about $113 billion a year at the federal, state and local level. The bulk of the costs — some $84 billion — are absorbed by state and local governments.” (Martin & Ruark, 2011) Having illegal immigrants in the work force can also lower the chances of unskilled American workers to get jobs. Illegal aliens affect not only our ability to get jobs, but it also affects the amount of wages that low skilled workers are paid. If an employer hires an illegal immigrant there is a higher risk for exploitation, which then results in lowered wages and working conditions for everyone illegal or not. Households headed by illegal immigrants accumulated close to $28.8 billion in costs in 2009. While only paying in about $9.8 billion in taxes which then resulted in a $19.3 billion net fiscal deficit.
Companies that play by the rules and only hire legal workers must to compete with companies that are able to undercut their prices because they hire illegal workers. This can very easily threaten to put responsible businesses, out of business. One the many things that makes America such a great place to live is our ability to take care of the people who live here. Even those who are living here illegally benefit from our tax dollars. How do they benefit from our tax dollars you might ask? There are actually many things illegal immigrants get because they are living here. Educating the children of illegal immigrants is by far the biggest expenditure for the taxpayers. “Education for the children of illegal aliens constitutes the single largest cost to taxpayers, at an annual price tag of nearly $52 billion. Nearly all of those costs are absorbed by state and local governments.” (Martin & Ruark, 2011) They can also receive healthcare, and enjoy the benefits of our justice system. Childcare as well as temporary assistance for needy families are also services illegal immigrants enjoy here in the United States. Our nations school meal programs also end up benefiting illegal immigrants.
There are many who believe illegal immigrants should be granted an amnesty, which would allow them to keep their jobs and homes here. However this would only increase the burden of illegal migration. The United States and many other countries are still feeling the effects of economic recession. Illegal aliens in our workforce may not even be our...