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The Legalization of Illegal Immigrants Helps the United States

By on December 18, 2013

Immigration in the United States is an extremely complex and controversial topic due to the fact that approximately 11.7 million illegal immigrants were residing in the United States as of March 2012, according to a research done by  Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C..

The Legalization of Illegal Immigrants Helps the United States

This means that there many individuals that are interested in this issue. Specially, people that have a close relation with illegal immigrants or they have family members that are illegally residing in the United States. Tragically, there have been many sad stories regarding illegal immigration in the United States. In particular, there has been many cases about kids and young adults that were brought into the United States as children by their parents but have been raised in the United States as Americans without knowing that consequences that might bring them in the future; these individuals are known as “dreamers”. Consequently, many of these people (dreamers) have no clue where they are originally from or do not even speak the native language from where they were born. However, the “dreamers” lived all their life in the United States. They grew up in an American society contributing all their time and efforts into helping the U.S. economy as workers, taxpayers, and consumers. This shows how essential immigration is for the United States’ economy. Therefore, since the United States benefits economically from immigration, the United States should grant the so called “dreamers” a path to citizenship by earning it through work, school, or militarily because consequently it will tremendously help the United States.

Many people might say that if the United States legalizes all the “dreamers”, the United States will also be legalizing criminals and individuals that do not contribute to the United States’ society. However, if the United States would offer a path to citizenship by earning through work, school, or military that would solve the problem. In other words, the “dreamers” would have to show that they are contributing to the society by maintaining a job paying their taxes, going to school trying to get an education, or joining the military to serve the United States. This will help to identify the “dreamers” that deserve a chance to obtain legal status in the United States. Ultimately, not only it will help identify people that deserve a chance to stay in the United States but al also it will give them new hope and encourage them to follow their dreams, which ultimately it will help the United States at the end in one way or another.

One of the biggest contributions immigrants help the United States is by creating new businesses. In a study done by the Kauffman Foundation, which promotes entrepreneurship, found that immigrants are twice as likely to start a new business as native-born Americans are. The space in between has extended over the last 10 years. Between cultural groups, Hispanics have the maximum rate of entrepreneurship.  When people create new business, they create more new jobs than other established businesses. New businesses are essential for the United States’ economy because they tend to grow faster producing more GDP (Gross Domestic Product) in a relative less time. This shows how the entrepreneurship skills of immigrants help economically the United Sates by producing more jobs for other people and paying taxes to the United States.

In addition, the United States not only benefits from immigration economically but also technologically. According to a study made by the National Foundation for American Policy, immigrants founded the majority of successful technologies companies in the United States. In an article published at USNews, they stated that, “Immigrants have been the brains and guts behind important American companies such as Intel, Google, Yahoo!, eBay and many others. Through the 1980s and ’90s, immigrant-backed startups were so common that they barely attracted notice, adding to the strong growth that prevailed during those two decades.” In another article published at Huffington Post, they stated something similar:  “Immigrants have started nearly half of the top 50 venture-funded companies. Software, semiconductors, and biotechnology are the most common venture-backed startup firms started by immigrants. According to another report by Vivek Wadhwa, roughly 25 percent of all engineering firms founded between 1995 and 2005 were founded by immigrants.” All of this information shows how immigration is essential for the technological advance of the United States. Moreover, an approximate a quarter of master’s students and a third of Ph.D. students in science and engineering at U.S. universities are foreign-born. Consequently, those foreign-born students will help the United States with technologic advances using their knowledge in their own fields, which are connected to technology.

Lastly, legalizing the so-called “dreamers” will benefit the United States’ economy tremendously. If the United States would legalize the “dreamer”, it would raise wages, increase consumption, create jobs and generate more tax revenue, which untimely would lead to a great, stable Gross Domestic Product for the United States. In a study done by Center for American Progress and the American Immigration Council, they estimated that by legalizing the “dreamers” it would produce at least $1.5 trillion in added gross domestic product over a 10-year period to United States Economy. Overall, the United States would benefit tremendously economically by allowing the dreamers to have a normal American life where they can go to work and contribute to the economy not feeling worry about being deported. And, allowing them to peruse a higher education if they choose to. If the United States has more educated people, it means that the country itself is progressing to a more knowledgeable society with professional ready to fulfill the workplaces of scientists and engineers leading to economy growth.

The legalization of illegal immigrants should be a privilege given to individuals that truly deserve it. Specially, the kids and young adults that were brought when they were little – the so-called “dreamers”. Of course, they will have to earn it by showing that they are able to contribute more value to the United States instead of subtracting it. In general, the United States benefits from immigration by having them as workers, taxpayers, and consumers. Therefore, the United States should grant them a legal status because it would benefit the country tremendously in different fields such as economy and technology.

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