The issue of immigration has been a largely contested debate with mixed feelings, as immigrants continue to troop in the country in thousands. This has led to the government placing immigration policies like familybased immigration, refugees and asylum, employmentbased immigration, etcetera to regulate the number of immigrants in the country. Many people say that these policies deter hopes for greener pasture. These policies have come under immense scrutiny in recent times as more immigrants force their way into the country by any means possible. In 2001, Dick Durbin introduced a bill to the senate called the “DREAM ACT.” The DREAM act legislation is supposed to grant legal status to illegal immigrants who graduated from high school in the U.S and would also apply to illegal immigrants who pledge to join the U.S military. This proposed bill failed to pass through the senate. In 2012, the Obama administration reignited the DREAM act bill, but this time the bill faced serious oppositions even though fiftynine percent of the country supported it. Many people support the DREAM act, because they believe that closing the borders to unskilled immigrants would
stiffen the growth of the economy; although they concede that highskilled labor would contribute largely to the labor market, adding much needed competition. Many believe that the DREAM act legislation is a gamechanging economic policy aimed explicitly at allowing more people to come here voluntarily and work. In recent discussions on immigration, the controversial issue has been whether opening the borders to the country would be the American economy. Many argue that the country is in no need for more immigrants as they would negatively affect the economy. These same individuals also claim that the large influx of unskilled, sometimes desperate workers has allowed employers to offer low wages and deplorable conditions (Ruark Eric. A). In 2009, the U.S admitted over 1.1 million legal immigrants, but just 58 percent of these immigrants possessed employment skills in demand in the United States (Ruark Eric. A). Their concerns is about the lack of emphasis on skill and educational level of immigrants and that the U.S economy is over saturated with unskilled labor. They demand an immigration reform that solely focuses on skills and educational standards. They also want laws prohibiting the employment of illegal workers, pushing for the STARS legislation which allows for immigrants under the age of sixteen who have received their diplomas to be legal in the country. So
then. The issue is whether creating a path to legal status and legitimate work for immigrants would bolster the economy or otherwise.
A man tells a story about coming to the United States without papers in hopes of making a better life. He met a kind man who offered him sympathy and a job. His employer even offered to help him return to his sick mom in Guanajuato. He worked hard as a dishwasher and then a cook. When amnesty became possible for illegal immigrants, his employer wrote a letter of recommendation so the young, hardworking man could apply for temporary residency. The man later went to become a productive citizen (Ralph De La Cruz). The goodhearted man in the story is state Sen. Dan Patrick. This would not have been possible if the STARS legislation was not active at that time. I learned the factors of reproduction in high school, I recall that it solely depends on both skilled and unskilled labor. It is not enough to have a country saturated with super geniuses and people whose mind are filled with mathematical equations. For example, the agricultural sector of the economy stands to benefit greatly from immigration. This is because much of our lands are only profitable to cultivate at a wage level that few American workers find appealing (Yglesias Matthew). However, I do not support low wages, but it is ...
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