Argument Essay: Nation of Immigrants
America is sometimes referred to as a "nation of immigrants" because of the largely open-door policy toward accepting foreigners pursuing their vision of the American Dream. Recently, there has been a clamor by some politicians and citizens toward creating a predominantly closed-door policy on immigration, arguing that immigrants "threaten" American life by creating unemployment, by taking jobs from American workers, by using much-needed social services, and by encroaching on the American way of life. While these arguments may seem valid to many, they are almost overwhelmingly false, and more than likely confused with the subject of illegal immigration. In fact, immigrants actually enhance American life by creating, not taking jobs. Immigrants bolster social service funds through tax payments and bring valuable technical knowledge and skills to the country. If Americans are to continue to excel as a nation, the traditionalists who fear an encroachment of foreign-born Americans must learn to accept that the United States will achieve its greatness as a result of being a nation of immigrants. A common argument among those opposing further immigration is that foreigners take U.S. jobs and cause unemployment among the displaced American workers. In the July 13, 1992 edition of Business Week, a poll states that sixty-two percent of non-blacks and sixty-three percent of blacks agree that "new immigrants take jobs away from American workers" (Mandel and Farrell 2). Among some American, this notion may be popular, despite its erroneous founding. Julian L. Simon, author of The Economic Consequences of Immigration states that “. . . immigration does not exacerbate unemployment. . . Immigrants not only take jobs, but also create them” (Simon 96). While immigrants work at necessary jobs to keep the United States functioning effectively, their purchases increase the demand for labor, leading to new hires...
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