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Outsourcing or Undocumented Workers: Which Hurts American Workers More?: Left of Center View

Does illegal immigration hurt the American worker? Does outsourcing hurt the American worker? It seems that it depends on who is being asked the question. Some feel that illegal immigrants are depressing wages and drying up the job market for American workers. It very well might be the case that this is happening in some places. There are certainly some jobs that are traditionally done by immigrants that Americans usually wonít apply for so itís hard to blame them for driving wages down in those cases. The wages that would be required to bring American workers into those jobs would make the cost of consumer goods and food products go through the roof.

Others feel that outsourcing is literally removing jobs from the economy. Itís hard to argue with that because if an American job is eliminated and the work that had formerly been assigned to that worker has now been assigned to someone living in another country then there is a direct correlation and you canít deny the fact of that occurrence easily. On the other hand, some people say that those jobs are being replaced with jobs in the service sector. Again, itís hard to argue with that when they can show examples but more often than not, the wage information for the workers shows the inequity of the job that replaced the job sent to another country.

So which is worse? Well, when you think about it you can see that outsourcing does much more direct damage to the American worker. Outsourcing is literally moving the jobs from here to there. The corporations claim that there has been job creation but they always avoid talking about the relative pay scale between the old and new American jobs. Americans are losing good paying jobs and only being offered low-wage replacement jobs. For the profit of a few, the jobs that once fueled our economy are being sent to other places. Outsourcing is depressing wages far more than any immigrants could. We are losing skilled labor jobs that supported families and getting minimum wage replacements. Nobody should be allowed to get rich by exploiting people.

Whatís really sad is that outsourcing may take our economy to the point where the immigrants are costing us jobs because those jobs will be the only ones left to apply for. We should all pray it never comes to that.


LJ Finstermore - World Citizen | E-mail Comments on this column.

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Who Owns America?
Redefining Immigration
Racism and the Immigration Debate
Free Trade vs. Fair Trade
Migrant Farm Workers and the Cost of Groceries
What Does a New Leader for Cuba Mean for America?High Tech Worker Visas and American Unemployment
What's Wrong With Our Current Immigration System?
How Will The Upcoming Election Impact Immigration Policy?
National ID Cards for American Citizens
American Children of Undocumented Immigrants
Globalization and Immigration
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Outsourcingor Undocumented Workers: Which Hurts American Workers More?: Right of Center View

Talk about silly questions. The clear winner here has to be illegal immigration. Outsourcing allows companies to become more profitable making it that much easier for them to hire more Americans to fill other needs within the companies. It almost feels like I should just leave it at that and call it a day but of course I should probably explain myself or something.

Illegal immigration brings elements into our society that go far beyond the workplace. Every year there are drug smugglers, gang members and other low-life criminals coming into the U.S. illegally. Whenever they commit their crimes they are costing the American taxpayer and consumer. Aside from that you have illegal immigrants coming into the country taking construction and other skilled labor jobs from American workers because they are willing to do the work for a lot less money than Americans. Since they are sending most of their money back to their families it leaves our economy draining resources that could have created job growth.

The influx of non-Americans into the American workplace is driving wages down. The cheaper laborers are being hired by some companies and in order to remain competitive the companies that still employ only Americans have to trim their budgets often requiring them to ask their employees to take a pay cut or face layoffs. When the layoffs come it further drains the economy in the form of unemployment benefits paid for by tax dollars coming out of the paychecks of the Americans left in the workplace.

Critics of capitalism will try to tell you that outsourcing is far worse than illegal immigration but they cannot show any real proof that unemployment goes up when companies find international support for their operations. While many jobs have been outsourced, new jobs have come to replace them. When illegal immigrants fill jobs there are no new ones created to replace them. It seems pretty obvious that when looked at objectively the evidence shows that illegal immigrants cost Americans their jobs and offer no offsets to make up for the lost opportunity for Americans. When compared with the job creation that happens when the economy shifts from a manufacturing to service base, it is clear that illegal immigrants pose the greater threat to the American worker.

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Who Owns America?
Redefining Immigration
Racism and the Immigration Debate
Free Trade vs. Fair Trade
Migrant Farm Workers and the Cost of Groceries
What Does a New Leader for Cuba Mean for America?
High Tech Worker Visas and American Unemployment
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Globalization and Immigration
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A Legal Immigrantís Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally ďThe RaceĒ in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isnít really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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