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Illegal Immigration vs. Corporate Greed - Which is Doing More Harm to the U.S. Economy?: Left of Center View

Immigrants are the backbone of the United States. We have been a nation of immigrants since the beginning. The founding fathers were immigrants and the children of immigrants. Without immigrants this nation could not function. Corporations on the other hand are responsible for things like the gulf oil spill and the outsourcing of American jobs to make a small minority of Americans even richer than they were before.

Most immigrants that come to the U.S. whether legal or undocumented pay taxes, spend money and produce needed goods and services in America every day. Because most illegal immigrants make very little money they spend nearly 100% of what they earn simply surviving in America. Corporations on the other hand stockpile capital and hoard resources taking them out of the economy so that average Americans are left struggling to divide up a smaller and smaller piece of the pie. When you look at it dispassionately you see that the current version of capitalism in America is slowly killing the American economy. As the few at the top get richer the rest of us are left with less and less.

Another thing that most of the anti-immigrant pundits conveniently forget is that it is often the same corporations that they praise who are hiring undocumented workers under the table to replace American citizens. The corporations save millions in payroll taxes and benefits by exploiting undocumented workers and them blame them for Americans losing their jobs. It is some of the most hypocritical rhetoric you will ever see. The corporations spend millions to support candidates who blame illegal immigration for all the nationís problems while those same corporations are a large part of what draws immigrants to America in the first place. What they donít want you to think about is that those millions are a drop in the bucket when compared with the billions the politicians they buy will save them by distracting the American people with divisive politics while they do nothing to address the issues they spend so much time complaining about.

Immigrants are mostly hard working law abiding people. They pay taxes despite not being able to benefit from many of the things their taxes fund. They do the jobs that many Americans simply wonít do and make modern life more comfortable for the rest of us. Corporations have a history of taking from the many to give to the few. They do whatever they can to make as much money as possible no matter the consequence and pay less in taxes in many cases than even the aforementioned undocumented workers. Who do you think is really worse for America?


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Illegal Immigration vs. Corporate Greed - Which is Doing More Harm to the U.S. Economy?: Right of Center View

Every time you turn around some liberal is crying about companies making money. It seems to me that itís more about jealousy than righteous indignation. People that havenít found a way to build a fortune resent those who have and they try to paint them as heartless evil doers so that other people will be convinced to hate them for their success as well. It is truly sad that people who have broken no laws are vilified simply for being successful. Even sadder is the idea that illegal immigrants are portrayed by the liberals as victims when they are the ones actually breaking our laws.

American corporations employ millions of people giving them the means to feed, house and clothe their families. Without corporations many Americans would not have the money to survive on a daily basis. Liberals seem to forget that we need corporations in America to keep our economy going. Itís like they think that somehow everything would be all better if the wealthy suddenly disappeared when nothing could be further from the truth. Regardless of your political point of view it is important to be pragmatic in your examination of what is good or bad for America. Illegal immigrants donít employ anyone. Corporations do. It is really as simple as that.

When you talk about what is doing harm to the American economy you need to remember to take taxes and spending into account. Every year American citizens pay billions in taxes and make it possible for us to have paved roads, police and fire service and a military to protect us in time of war. Legal residents of the U.S. also keep the economy going by spending most of their money inside America. Illegal immigrants not only often donít pay taxes they also send millions of dollars out of our nation every year to support their families outside of the U.S. Beyond that, illegal immigrants also often work for below minimum wage causing wages to be driven down for American citizens.

So called corporate greed built this nation. Many of our most important advances in science and medicine and technology have come about as a result of corporate investment in the future. Without the corporations we would still be using horse-drawn carriages and lighting our homes with candles. Business makes America strong and without it we cannot survive. Illegal immigrants do far more damage than good to the economy and truth be told are scofflaws from the moment they arrive here. Itís fairly clear that on balance companies are far better for America than illegal immigrants.

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