If companies were forced to stop illegal immigration, would immigrants still come to America? And how would this affect the world?

Even if companies could not use illegal immigration in the workplace, there would still be immigrants trying to come to America. Besides jobs, immigrants come to America to have freedom. In America, immigrants can practice any religion that they want. They come to escape the poverty of their country and to give better opportunities to themselves and their family. Immigrants come to this country to try to live the American Dream, and even if illegal immigration in the work place were prevented, there would not be much change in the world.

The presence of immigrants actually adds about ten billion dollars to the US economy every year. Even without immigration, companies would want to find other ways to cut corners and make money. There would be a high demand for workers. Companies would still want underpaid workers and consumers would still want the cheapest prices on the goods they buy. In the end companies would just outsource more. Outsourcing would give companies access to a large pool of workers in another country. Companies would just create sweatshops and the workers would be underpaid, overworked, and abused. This would give the companies the cheap labor that they want and satisfy the consumer’s demand for cheap prices. Besides this, outsourcing does not require companies to pay for benefits, such as healthcare, giving the company an even bigger profit.

In conclusion, even without illegal immigrant labor, there would not be much change. There would be fewer jobs in America and more jobs overseas. Of course, this raises the following questions: What jobs can we not outsource? Why are we, America, okay with outsourcing, but not immigrant labor? Is there a way to prevent illegal immigration and sweatshop outsourcing, while still satisfying the needs above (many workers, cheap labor, and low consumer prices)?







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How has the Arizona Immigration Law affected other states?

According to a Reuters article, several other states besides Indiana have been affected by Arizona’s immigration law. Georgia, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Tennessee are among the states. At least 14 states are combining forces to create new legislation to challenge part of the 14th Amendment. Their aim is to strip automatic U.S. citizenship for children born to illegal immigrant parents. States that pass this legislation may face many costly legal challenges. After Arizona’s controversial law, the state faced seven lawsuits, which required millions of dollars to fund the legal defense.

Civil rights groups have spoken out and said that this legislative force is motivated by racism against Latino immigrants. They also noted that Supreme Court precedents have supported the notion that the 14th Amendment applies to all children born in the United States, regardless of whether their parents were in the country legally. One such case in 1898 resulted in a Supreme Court ruling that children born to Chinese migrants were U.S. citizens since they were born on US soil. As Walter Dellinger, who was assistant attorney general in President Bill Clinton’s administration, said about the challenge to the 14th Amendment, “This matter has been raised in every instance in a racial context. That’s why we wanted a simple rule: Every new girl or boy born in this country is simply, indisputably, an American.”

President Obama had previously promised tightened border security as well as methods for legalization of illegal immigrants, but had not gotten very far. Now that the House of Representatives is dominated by Republicans, analysts predict that there will be a focus on cracking down on illegal immigration. Currently, the immigration overhaul effort seems to have died, but President Obama says that he still has hope for citizenship for some illegal aliens in the future. The Obama administration states that their goal is to reduce the demand for illegal labor. This will hopefully minimize the influx of illegal immigrants looking for jobs here and consequently shrink the number of illegal immigrants in the country.

In the next year, we will see how the Obama administration deals with illegal immigration. How will the Republican majority of the House react to the illegal immigration legislation? Will the challenge to the 14th Amendment pass? Will Obama really advocate citizenship for some illegal immigrants as an incumbent probably looking towards reelection in 2012, and will he succeed if he does?

Sources: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE7035ZX20110104,

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What would happen if all the illegal immegraints were despoted from US?

there are approximately 8.1 million undocumented workers in the economy and if those workers were laid off or removed the effects would harm industries and and would create an ultimate unemployment rate. if we eliminate the undocumented workers from the U.S this would create a negative effect and would include $1.757 trillion in annual lost spending, $651.511 billion in annual lost output, and 8.1 million lost jobs. Its impossible to deport all of the 12 million illegal immigrants, its impossible and inhumane the way we have to deal with the issue and how we face the illegal immigration.

we have to make immigration legal because that is the best solution to illegal immigration problems. U.S makes it harder for illegal immigrants to enter, but by them making it harder it encourages the immigrants to enter more and leave less. the U.S makes 400,000 low skilled jobs for foreigners each year, but U.S only allows 5,000 visas for immigrants. As long as there is work for immigrants, they wont stop crossing the border. immigration is good for the U.S

if illegal immigrants were deported, could we create millions of jobs and lower our debt?



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Indiana to model Arizona’s Immigration Law

Ever since State Senator Mike Delph (R) has arrived in the Senate, he has been advocating for a bill similar to Arizona’s Immigration Law for his own state of Indiana. There were about 55,000 to 85,000 illegal immigrants living in India as of 2006. Although he has pushed for many immigration bills in the past few years, none of them have passed so far. Delph believes that because of the inaction of the federal government on immigration issues, states have the right to pass their own laws regarding immigration. Delph also asserts that because America is a “melting pot,” all official state documents need to be issued in English because it binds Americans together. We cannot have a melting pot if there are different languages and factions who do not join the melting pot.

Along with trying to reduce the amount of crime believed to be caused by illegal immigrants, the Indiana immigration law would also include a proposal that would punish businesses who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. After a third offense, the business could lose its license. I feel that, especially in this economy, businesses should not be punished as severely as Delph is proposing. There should just be a regulation that makes it less profitable to hire illegal workers. The business should not have to shut down because of it. The reason illegal immigrants come to America is because they know they have a chance of being employed. Even if the wages are less compared to the rest of the Americans, compared to what they would make in their own country, it is better for them to find jobs in America. By making it less profitable to hire illegal immigrants, businesses will not want to hire them, decreasing the incentives for illegal immigrants to come to America in the first place.

Because we are unable to discern the full amount of dependence our economy has on illegal immigrants, the effects of this proposal of penalizing businesses who hire illegal immigrants is still uncertain. This leads to some questions. Will immigrants stop coming to America if there are no jobs available to them? If immigrants do stop coming to America, will consumer prices go up? Will this eventually hurt the world economy?




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Were the recent shootings in Arizona linked to the heated topic of immigration?

On January 8, 2011 Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot and killed along with 5 other people and 13 others who were wounded. One of the other victims that died along with Giffords was a 9 year old girl named Christina Green. The shooter’s name was Jared Lee Loughner. An American citizen with no major history only a few posessions of illegal narcotics. Because Loughner was an American citizen there should be no connection between his motives and immigration.

Yet many big networks such as ABC believe that it was linked with immigration. As well as The Daily Beast (internet newspaper) who thought the shootings related to the immigration bill.In the wake of the shooting, Arizonans, especially Latinos, blamed the tragedy on hate speech issuing from immigration battles and the 2010 elections.During the hard times and indifference in Arizona, many inhabitants of Arizona just ask for peace in a state that’s been ravaged by immigration wars, violence, and hate.

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Why is it hard to get citizenship for immigrants?

The argument non-supporters of the Arizona Law make is that it is too difficult for immigrants to obtain citizenship. To an extent this is certainly true. First an applicant must apply for “naturalization” and go through the necessary steps such as entering the country lawfully, be educated and the correct age. This sounds rather intimidating and even quite challenging at first glimpse.

The first step is that the applicant must first enter the country legally and then continuously live in the U.S for five consecutive years or three for spouses of citizens. After they’ve achieved this the next stepping stone is that they must be over the age of eighteen to obtain naturalization or have their parents file their applicant for them, young children under five typically don’t need to meet the five-year residence.

The third phase is quite possibly the hardest and where most turn away. The applicant must be able to speak, write, read and understand basic English, the only possible exemption are specific older applicants. Also they must have a knowledge of U.S history, politics and government. Finally comes the examine that all immigrants must past to obtain naturalization.

Overall the steps to obtain U.S. citizenship is a long and grueling process making it very intimidating for immigrants to even attempt to give it their best shot.

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What would the passing of the D.R.E.A.M. Act mean for immigrants?

The D.R.E.A.M. Act (Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act) was a proposal that said if you as an immigrant meet certain requirements, you can become a citizen of the United States. This will make it so that immigrants who came here previously and have gotten an education, given back to society, and have been in the US since they were young, can now gain citizen ship and give back even more. This is great news for the United States as a whole and the act should definitely be approved.

The criteria that an immigrant must meet are as follows: They must have arrived in the U.S. before the age of 16, they must have lived in the U.S. for 5 or more years, they must have graduated high school and been accepted into a higher institution of learning such as a college or university, must be between the ages of 12 and 35, and they must have good moral character. Surely if an immigrant can pass all of these tests, they should have the right to become a citizen in the country.

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