The irony of all of it is that those undocumented workers are tagged as enemies of the
state…but the state’s economy need them. Or shall I say…Important but not
wanted? There’s an estimate of 11.5 million illegal immigrants in the United States.
Though some laws were made making the illegal immigrants’ lives miserable, they are still
there- hanging on tight despite the cheap labor, with the hopes that someday they would have legal
status to live and work In the United States “freely.”
Here are some
TRUTHS about the Undocumented Worker: Undocumented workers are not responsible for
high crime rates.
Many Americans believe that high crime rates in the U.S are caused
by the illegal immigrants. But studies have shown that violence and property crimes have decreased
since the 90s despite the immigrants’ population’s growth. They may be undocumented but
they, too, bring to society a lot of things that they claim to value like a strong family structure.
Studies show that illegal immigrants’ children are raised in a two-parent household more so
than that of the native-born Americans.
Undocumented workers with college degrees
struggle to find work.
Children who entered the United States without legal documents
have already anticipated that they will not be able to obtain higher skilled jobs that pay well.
Thus, they strive hard to survive knowing how difficult it would be. But because of the deferred
action granted to eligible dream act candidates, they will now be given work permits and are free
from fear of being deported.
Undocumented immigrants do not drive down wages for
American workers. There are plenty of factors that could determine low wages. Some would
depend on education, the kind of work, or the person’s skills. None of which were said to
prove that low wages were caused by the undocumented workers.
Undocumented workers do
not take the low-wage jobs away from the Americans. Never was it proven that undocumented
workers took away employment opportunities for the American workers. They hold unskilled jobs in
industries like agriculture, farming, food processing, and care giving. The truth is, those
undocumented workers actually help in creating jobs by purchasing American products and increasing
the demand for retailers. Where there is not enough Americans to fill the positions for low-skilled
works, the undocumented workers are there.
Undocumented workers are Social Security
Since most of the undocumented workers are being paid by
payroll check, they actually contribute a portion of their checks to Social Security even with the
knowledge that they will not be able to claim it when they grow old. In other words, they are
helping Social Security from being strained.
Undocumented workers pay taxes.
Whenever they buy things, they pay sales tax. If they own or rent a house, they pay property
tax. With an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) for the hopes of immigration reform, they
get paid thru a payroll system. If by paycheck, they’re contributing money to Social Security
system or Medicare and none of which they can claim because of their status. Rather than take money,
they donate money to the American economy. A recent study from the University of Illinois has found
that undocumented workers paid federal and state income taxes, too, without claiming any refund even
when they were eligible. And those unclaimed refunds amount to billions of donation to the public
coffers. They are subsidizing to a significant degree.
Undocumented workers come to
the United States to work. The reason for most of the undocumented workers as to why they
came to U.S is because they want to work and not because they want to take advantage of the
government’s free services like welfare, food stamps, and Medicaid. Again, they may have
contributed something to the U.S economy but they are aware of their status, too.
can solve the country’s unemployment problem.
Not only do immigrants come to
U.S. to work but many of them are also financially able to create businesses here in the United
States. Studies have shown that if it was easier for them to get a visa, business establishments
would have been opened thus the employment opportunities for the Americans.
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