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Is Illegal Immigration Making A Bad Economy Worse?: Left of Center View

It may be a factor, but to blame illegal immigration for our current economic troubles would be like blaming a heart-attack on a single French-fry. Hypothetically, if you were to remove illegal immigrants from the workforce, it would have immediate beneficial effects on our national economy, hypothetically. Realistically however, if you were to remove all of the illegal immigrants the whole damn thing would grind to a halt.

First off the whole argument that illegal immigrants don't pay taxes is hog-wash. You simply can't live in this country without paying some sort of tax. It's the folks who are here legally that commit most of the tax fraud. Long term residents facing deportation upon discovery try to blend in, and the biggest way to do that is to pay your taxes. Hell, that's how they got Al Capone, tax evasion.

Taxes are paid, sales, property, business, etc., it's really only income tax that most folks complain that illegal immigrants aren't paying their fair share of, which is ironic since usually it's the employer who is benefiting the most from the situation. It is the employer who can get away with unsafe working conditions, not having to provide any benefits at all and often even pay less than the federally mandated minimum wage, yet there isn't a lot of public out-cry to bring them to justice. It's a grey area that is tolerated not just by the system but by the public, partially because if everything was above board and done by the book the price of just about everything would instantaneously rise. As a nation we want the best, and we want to be fair, we just don't want to pay for it and often the not wanting to pay for it wins out over the do what's right part of it.

It is far easier to blame a problem on someone or something else than it is to fix the problem itself. We can blame illegal immigrants for our economic woes, but doing so won't solve the problem. The GM plants in Michigan could have easily absorbed hundreds of illegals with little or no effect at all on the plants legal employees, yet it only takes one golden parachute to shut the whole plant down. Heck just a couple dozen took the whole industry down. And somehow illegal immigrants are to blame for the economy collapsing? It's almost as if the people really responsible for this mess controlled the media or something.


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Is Illegal Immigration Making A Bad Economy Worse?: Right of Center View

The problems associated with illegal immigration are vast and complicated. Illegal immigration impacts every aspect of our society so there is no question that it has an impact on the economy. When county medical centers are forced to provide care for people who donít pay income taxes, it has a negative effect on the economy. When parents donít pay taxes and their kids go to public schools it has a negative effect on the economy. When people that donít pay taxes drive on the roads and use public parks it has a negative impact on the economy. Whenever people donít pay into the system but receive the benefits of the system it hurts the economy. In addition the more people there are willing to work below minimum wage the fewer legitimate jobs will be there for working Americans.

We all pay more when others pay less. The money to run the system has to come from somewhere and if the people using arenít paying into it then the rest of us have to pick up the slack for them. The people in question may pay sales taxes and some other forms of taxes but when many of them work under the table and for far less than minimum wage it means they are not contributing as much to the economy as others employed legally. While they may be improving the profit margins for a few people, they are not supporting the overall economy well.

American unemployment is at nearly ten percent. At this point people who once made $100,000/year are applying for Door Greeter jobs at Wal-Mart. We need every job there is available for American workers. When people are trying to keep food on the table for their families they will take the jobs that are there. If people come in from over the border and are willing to do the jobs for below minimum wage it makes it that much harder for Americans to find work. Illegal immigration does have a negative impact on both employment and the overall economy. Americans need jobs, whether they pay a little or a lot. Something is better than nothing. As long as there are people willing to do these jobs for less than a legal wage there will be fewer jobs available for Americans and that is not good for the economy.

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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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