Op-Ed | "Immigration"
Currently, one of the biggest debates dividing America is if immigration is actually beneficial. The argument against immigration is that it is harmful to the economy as well as the country’s safety. In reality, Immigration has many benefits and is crucial for a country to be prosperous.
Immigration is necessary for our country to operate. With more immigration, the country’s population will grow larger. This means more economic growth. The more people in the U.S., the more demand for products. This results in more job opportunities.
Immigration is also linked to boosts of innovation and technological growth in U.S. Many Immigrant workers are engineers, doctors, scientists, and professors. More innovation equals more economic growth.
There is this notion that immigrants get more benefits than everyone else. It is believed that they are a drain on public resources. This is completely false. Donald Trump has repeatedly declared that that undocumented immigrants are getting more services and assistance than American Veterans. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. If anything, immigrants receive fewer public services yet still contribute to the tax base.
Immigrants are often portrayed as dangerous and untrustworthy in the media. It is often believed that immigrants are a threat. Trump’s central argument for anti-immigration is the fear for our nation’s safety. In reality, immigrants commit crimes at lower rates than native-born citizens.
Ultimately, Immigration is a crucial part of America and is necessary for the country’s continuation. Though many Immigrants are depicted as dangerous, the majority is not. Overall, immigration benefits America.
Immigration poses many threats and hardships to the U.S. Did you know approximately 3.5% of the United State’s population is made of illegal immigrants? This percentage may seem low, but above all, illegal immigrants cause overpopulation, terrorism and crimes, and they take advantage of services provided for legal citizens.
In the first place, immigration causes overpopulation.
Overpopulation is when too many people are in one area and results in crowding. According to a survey, in 2016, at least 43.7 million immigrants lived in the United States. Most immigrants go to California, New York, Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or Illinois. Overcrowding is bad for our society because it contributes to a widespread of diseases that the U.S. may not have previous exposure to.
In addition to, Immigration leads to less jobs being available. This point ties into overpopulation. In today’s world, due to immigration, there is an unbalanced ratio of jobs to people.
There is also more competition for jobs. Without enough jobs to go around, we are introduced to many people being left without homes and food to eat. This especially affects people who have families that they need to support.
Last, but certainly not least, Immigration leads to an increase of crimes. When people from other countries come together there can be some hostility and violence. Some people are also coming from a place that is poor and doesn’t have a lot of money and they don't know how to treat others around them.
For all these reasons, this is why immigration isn’t ideal. Even though the immigrants may be struggling in their home countries, the United States shouldn’t allow them citizenship. It leads to overpopulation, less jobs and an increase in crimes.