By Ed Auerbeck
A common theme penetrated into the American mind, especially in that of the native-born worker concerning immigrants coming into this country for a more stable economic opportunity sometimes is: they’re coming to take our jobs.” While those that hold the opposition viewpoint might contend: “they’re doing the jobs most Americans won’t do.” But like so many other aspects of society and life, few debate’s can be broken down so easily into a catagorey of clear cut black and white, right and wrong.
It is clear that the economy needs a jump start in the area of the workforce as a whole, and welcoming hard driven immigrants into the country to bolster it seems the next logical step to take. In light of the total of immigrants already taking part in the United States labor effort cresting above 15 percent in 2015, a small matter of time and of course the politics involved, appear the only barrier left standing for a significant section of Americans to accept this. A lot of folks worry that such a increase of foreign workers into the completion for jobs will put the American worker immediately at a significant disadvantage.However, an article published by time.com finds that this rational doesn’t apply because often the two are competing for the same level of job. Instead, immigrants are usually involved in making hard labor industries like farming and food service more economical for their bosses. From a businesses perspective, it becomes simple issue of creating more of a profit margin in the long haul. In other words, more open immigration polices help businesses grow, which in turn spikes the economy. Still, an overall change perpetrated by policy makers needs too occur for this attitude to be widely embraced, or so it seems. According to a January 2015 study conducted by the Pew Research Center, 70 percent of those polled believe unauthorized immigrants, “Should have a way to stay legally, providing certain requirement are met.” For example, 43 percent of respondents’ support a mandatory application for citizenship to be filed in order to remain hear and working. 24 percent want at least and the paperwork for permanent residency completed. Such a tide has even shifted in Washington where bipartisan agreement is somewhat of a rare occurrence. But results show a slight uptake in this with 53 percent of Republicans joining 83 percent of Democrats in backing this measure.
Still, the GOP remains staunch and alone in their refusal to alter their priority list for stopping future immigrants from matriculating on to our ground when you return to receiving voter opinions.
With public opinion and legislators not seeing eye to eye on changes to U.S. immigration policy, a move needs to be made, however, the question remains as to when the shoe will drop.
As the rights sees it, border security is the paramount piece of the problem that should be afforded the benefit of the majority the immigration department’s time and energy. In concert with their party, 53 percent of Republicans in the electorate put forth opinions promoting a similar sentiment. In contrast, to a combination of 33 democrats and 19 percent of independents, who have the border second and third on their respective lists
Also connected to the border debate, 2012 statistics demonstrate that although states like California and Nevada allow about 60 percent of the total number of unauthorized immigrants in this country through their boundaries, within Los Angeles saw a decrease over a three year period from 2009 to 2012. In a paradigm shift of sorts, five states on the east coast (New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia) saw a population increase in this department for that same period.
Actually, the overall number of illegal immigrants that have committed to staying here for an extended periods, if not forever has increased markedly. As of 2012, 62 percent have made this their home for a decade or longer. This is a massive jump up against a 35 percent sample who chose to say that before. As a second and very surprising sign of their further willingness to embrace us for the economic opportunities we can offer more than anything else presumably. A similar Pew data collection points out a majority of Hispanics don’t think having a rite to citizenship is as important as freedom from the constant fear of being deported. A 55 percent margin corroborated that view to 35 percent who disagreed. This stat more then any other speaks directly for a willingness to come this country and contribute to economic growth It’s also no secret, why any minority group, but particularly Hispanics would want an assurance o safety due to, in a lot cases, the stereotypes that precipitated ageist them in our culture.
On top of that, include a political climate where the Republican’s top contender for president has threatened mass deportations for non-citizens, and it is easy to see why such a fear exists.
Regardless of a particular perspective on the issue, those surveyed answered firmly on the Hispanic side that something in the way the system is run needs to change majorly. 62 percent of Hispanics confirm that and so do 47 percent of Asian Americans.
Based off what is written above regarding the immigration system needing significant alterations, people may wonder if there are any redeeming qualities or positive stories that come from working through the process?
Well, just ask Ghirish Rishi, a young man who came to the United States almost 26 years ago, to attend graduate school in Connecticut. Along the way he writes in the Hartford Courant, Rishi found many helping hands including a teacher, a business associate, and his wife Himangi. After marriage and with Rishi still on a work visa, “the system allowed us to borrow money for her to study at Stony Brook University. We paid back the loan before it was due and then came the kids and citizenship. Now, Rishi is a successful executive for a fortune 500 company and lives with his family in South Barrington, IL.
He will celebrate the anniversary of his arrival to the country on August 23rd and says: “The best part of my story is that it is hardly a story in America. It is everyone’s story in America.”