Friday, February 12, 2016

The Economic Value of Undocumented Immigrants

With Trump's recent ideas to barricade our borders, it is becoming increasingly important to educate people on the truth about immigrants. They are not "criminals" and "rapists" as Trump publicly announced. The United States is a nation built on immigrants, and these recent immigrants are no different than our ancestors. In fact, 25% of fast-growing American companies were founded by people born in foreign countries. We can't forget that unless have Native American blood, that we all immigrated here at one point or another. So how can the fight against immigration be a major highlight of the 2016 campaign?

Mr. Trump’s immigration plan calls for deporting 11 million undocumented immigrants then letting "the good ones" back in. Contrary to Trump's outrageous plan, according to the Washington Post, a "sizable majority" of Americans say that illegal immigrants should be permitted to stay. The most sensible policy would be to give current undocumented immigrants a long-term path to citizenship. 

Undocumented immigrants contribute billions to the economy, and we would actually be losing money by deportation. Over 53% of our nation's 2.5 million farm workers are undocumented immigrants. The Union puts this number at over 70%. Without these numbers, our farming network would crumble. 

Without the undocumented population, Texas’ work force would decrease by 6.3 percent and Texas’ gross state product would decrease by 2.1 percent. Furthermore, certain segments of the U.S. economy, like agriculture, are entirely dependent upon illegal immigrants.

Despite tearing apart families and robbing innocent people of the lives they have created in this country, one major reason against deportation of undocumented immigrants is simply economical. These people are the major contributors to our nation's farming system, without them our nation would lose millions of dollars. 

If not on a moral level, then the United States should create a pathway to citizenship for immigrant's immense economic benefits to our country

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