Mention the word immigration and deportation to a rational American, what comes to their mind is the proposed Trump immigration policy. Illegal immigration in the United States has been a topic of discussion for a long time. But is President Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees the right way to go? That is one hard question ordinary Americans cannot answer correctly. Illegal immigration is a double edged sword. It provides cheap labor to the productive economy and in particular the agricultural sector whereas, on the other hand, illegal immigrants evade taxation, which is also a strong economic contributor. As a swordsman, it is easier to hurt yourself with the sword unless you train professionally. It is why before legalizing of illegalizing the immigration policy, we, the Americas have to rethink our economic and social welfare (Greer, 31).
The United States has the largest number of illegal immigrants in any other country in the world. Sources estimate the numbers to be slightly above 11 million with the vast majority being of Mexican or Hispanic origin. These Immigrants bring in healthy competitions to our country. They come with new ideas, new religions, and new social traditions. With all these diversity regardless of whether they are legal or illegal, the American society has marketed itself to the world. Immigration can be documented from centuries ago, long before the great depression. There are many reasons why immigrants move into the country. The United States has millions of unexploited jobs to offer. From history dating back to the 17th century, many foreigners migrated into the US to secure employment in the farms and earn a living. The immigrants were undocumented and had since then given birth to generations.
Since long, the American dream is flourishing because of the diversity brought in by different people. America is probably the most diverse society on this planet. Most of the immigrants do jobs that Americans have rejected; I bet pulling trolleys, driving baggage trucks and working as offloading personnel at the warehouses are jobs that Americans want to consider. Given that immigrants tend to be highly motivated risk-takers with a strong work ethic. California and Texas are the greatest affected states since they have flourishing industrial and agricultural jobs to offer. According to the New York Times, about three-quarters of the immigrants are from México or use the Mexican border to enter the US. Many more of the immigrants end up being casual laborers in the agriculture, manufacturing and construction industry. Us employees hire the illegal immigrants as undocumented workers, and they are paid less than what the Americans demand. U.S born natives have a high affinity to think about the wages than the jobs, but for the determined immigrants, the job comes first.
Ideally, Trump has cast unauthorized immigrants as being a competitive threat to the vulnerable American workers. Just like the working class supporting his policies, they are struggling with unemployment, increased insecurity, low wages and drug abuse. Most of those who endorse this plan were not contented with President Obama's leadership; after all, he too is an immigrant, but legally. Even though Trump's campaign policy seemed controversial, he still received support from the American unemployed and middle class, "Make America great again and the American dream." It is the same dream that keeps Americans in America and invites more immigrants. The American dream is accommodative of diversity in our cultures, races, languages and traditions and ideas. I bet to swim in the well if trumps sweeping criteria for deportation of all the millions of undocumented immigrants and building the wall along America and Mexico borders will work. These proposed policies have received criticisms from international Human rights groups (Portes & Rube?n, 22).
The social cost of immigration should also be considered. There is no documented paper or authorized record issued to illegal immigrants; this implies that petite information is shared about their backgrounds. The alien may come along with infectious diseases and induce them in the society. The diseases such as dengue fever, Ebola, and even tuberculosis may be costly to eradicate. While there is social degradation, and rising cases of insecurity and drug abuse associated to the immigrant; the immigrants who are related to the illegal activities have strong relations with at least the legalized immigrants and the locals. There is no way one will carry on with his or her criminal acts freely in the society if he is not protected by cartels or influential people in the community. The law has, therefore, to be adjusted and criminalize all those involved in crimes such as drug trafficking. It is the uncontrolled and undocumented immigration that we need to worry (Portes & Rube?n, 29).
Taking away the people we have known for years, the people who became our families, our employers and part of our dreams will demoralize this country’s social and economic welfare. Deporting the immigrants will lead to a shortage of labor which could result in an inflation spike. Maybe, the administration has to come up with ways of vetting the immigrants. Only the productive immigrants are to stay. Those with the slightest of criminal records are to be deported. Some of these immigrants cannot even trace their roots. The immense benefits that immigrants bring into the economy should not be undermined. We need them just the way they need us. We ought, therefore, to appreciate their efforts by hastening the process of documentation and registering them. According to the USA, today published on May 1st, 2017, a columnist explain why the America is pushing the immigrants away. Just like Cuba, the immigrants will seek alternatives and invest their talent elsewhere. Not only will America lose the talent from within, but also increase competition from outside.
From a pragmatic standoff, immigration only remains dangerous if it is illegal. There are many other problems that the United States faces yet illegal immigration has caused debates and mouths waging. Thousands of illegal immigrants come in America through the porous borders legally or illegal. Even though the scope of illegal immigration in America has reached huge portion that there is a need for reforms of the immigration policy, the trumps way is not the best approach (Loucky, 34).
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