Immigration Reform 2010 – Stop Draining American Jobs
Illegal immigration is a controversial issue in our country. However, Obama hopes Congress is able to draft legislation to deal with immigration reform before the end of 2010. In June 2009, Obama asked Homeland Security Secretary, June Napolitano, to work with Congress to speed up immigration reform. In 2006 and 2007. Congress failed to pass immigration reform bills even though President Bush was pushing for them.
One of Obama’s campaign pledges was to deal with illegal immigration, yet it has not happened yet. One of the major problems our country faces is how to handle the 12 million illegal immigrants and how to prevent future illegal immigration. Some of Obama’s opponents are resistant to his ideas since they believe he is an illegal immigrant himself since he had a Kenyan father and an American mother.
There are several problems. First, the health care reform bill, H.R. 3590, has several problems regarding illegal immigration. The current law requires legal aliens to wait five years before they can access certain taxpayer-funded health benefits. Secondly, verification loopholes allow illegal aliens access to these benefits. Third, the language of the bill does not prevent illegal aliens accessing these benefits.
In addition to the ability to access taxpayer benefits they don’t contribute to, illegal immigration affects jobs for Americans. With the unemployment rate at 10% for November 2009, we are now facing the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. Consequently, Americans need jobs! Unfortunately, many Americans have become hopeless about finding a job and are no longer even looking for work. For others, many are either working a part-time job when they would rather be working full-time, or they are working two jobs just to make ends meet. Even though the job situation is desperate for many, our country’s leaders are considering passing amnesty legislation to enable the illegal immigrants to stay here.
At the 2000 census, there were approximately 8 million illegal immigrants in this country. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that illegal aliens in this country will increase by 700,000 to 900,000 annually during the next 20 years. If we care about our economic health and future, we cannot allow this exodus into our country to continue. Not only do they take jobs away from Americans, but they have an effect on the depression of wages, too. Today, we have 15.4 million unemployed Americans, yet we have at least 8+ million illegal aliens competing for available jobs. Furthermore, while the effect of illegal immigration does not depress wages on all jobs, it does depress wages for low paying entry-level jobs. In 2000, the average illegal immigrant either had no reported profession or no job at all. Furthermore, more than 1/3 were not even high school graduates. According to FAIR, “High immigration cities have twice as much unemployment as low immigration cities, and wage increases in low immigration cities have been 48% higher than in high immigration cities.”
It’s not that I am not sympathetic for the plight of illegal aliens, but I strongly believe it is our country’s resposibility to take care of their own people first. If you’re concerned about this problem, please contact you elected officials, and let your voice be heard.
Currently, one of the problems our country faces is a jobless recovery. A jobless recovery is when the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) improves but unemployment does not improve along with it. The GDP is one of the main indicators of our country’s economic health. However, since 70% of the GDP is fueled by consumer spending, when unemployment is high, the GDP won’t grow as quickly. Although there are several problems that cause a jobless recovery, illegal immigration is one of the problems. To learn more, click here.
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