Benefits of Immigration for the US Argumentative Essay by Thukydides

A look at how the US benefits from immigration.
# 151923 | 849 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2011 | UA
Published on Oct 26, 2012 in Sociology (Multiculturalism) , Hot Topics (Immigration)

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This paper argues that immigration to the US, even illegal immigration, has many benefits for the nation. After defining immigration, the paper points out the benefits of migrants on American culture and the economy. In particular, it discusses the Chinese and Indian hi-tech companies in California and how their immigrant employees have contributed to technological advances. Next, the paper describes some drawbacks to immigration, especially illegal immigration. However, it then shows how illegal immigrants still contribute to the overall economy.

From the Paper:

"In my view, immigration is an immensely positive factor in the U.S. history. Due to historically positive attitude to new migrants, the United States managed to utilize their talents and hard work to achieve greater economic success, while the co-existence of different ethnic communities allowed for greater cultural interaction and understanding, despite initial bigotry and even hostility. Nowadays, migrants, both skilled and unskilled, play important role in the U.S. economy. The increase in labor force brought about by immigration allows for increase in competitiveness of the U.S. economy, due to the lower cost of their labor and the reversal in ageing processes among the U.S. workforce.
"In addition, some categories of migrants had important impact on the scientific development of the U.S. For instance, in 2000 Indian and Chinese-led technology companies accounted for 29% of Silicon Valley businesses, with $ 19.5 billion in sales. In total, foreign-born professionals constitute 28% of all individuals with Ph.D. who are engaged in research and development in science and engineering, thus contributing much to the scientific advances of the USA (Allport and Ferguson 91). At the same time, the influx of low-skilled immigrant workers, who are mostly illegal, seem to lower the burden..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Allport, Alan and Ferguson, John E., Jr. Immigration Policy. 2nd ed. New York: Infobase Publishing, 2009. Print.
  • Bean, Frank D., Edmonston, Barry, and Passel, Jeffrey S, eds. Undocumented Migration to the United States: IRCA and the Experience of the 1980s. Washington, D.C.: The Urban Institute Press, 1990. Print.
  • Carter, J. "Pros and Cons for Providing a Path to Legalization of Illegal Immigrants." Helium, 14 Feb. 2011. Web. 6 May 2011.
  • Loller, Travis. "Many Illegal Immigrants Pay Up at Tax Time." USA Today, 11 Apr. 2008. Web. 6 May 2011.
  • Mangalam, J.J. Human Migration: Guide to Migration Literature in English, 1955-62. Lexington, KY: The University Press of Kentucky, 1982. Print.

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