Immigrant Workers Who Help

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Immigrant Workers Who HelpMany Americans believe that the flow of immigrants into the United States is detrimental to the economy. Since many immigrants are willing to work for lower wages than American citizens, it stirs concerns in many natives that their jobs are being taken away. On the other hand, immigrants, illegal or not, usually pay taxes that help the economy prosper. In addition, they tend to be the backbone to the many jobs that deal with labor and drudgery. These immigrants are a benefit to the United States nation since they help with hard labor and a variety of taxes.

The majority of illegal immigrants in the U.S. tend to be in labor-intensive jobs such as farming, construction, and cleaning services. They provide for the positions that regular Americans would not preferably do. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, more than a quarter of a million illegal immigrants are janitors, 350,000 are maids and housekeepers and 300,000 are groundskeepers.

These massive numbers demonstrate that if all these workers were to be expelled, the economy and many of the businesses would turn into turmoil.

Another important aspect about immigrants is that they pay taxes that benefit the economy. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, the average illegal household pays more than $4,200 a year in federal taxes, for a total of nearly $16 Billion. This money ends up partially going towards Social Security and Medicare, which most of the time does not come back to these immigrants. According to Stephen Goss, Social Security’s chief actuary, “three-quarters of other-than-legal immigrants pay payroll taxes.” This money overtime increases and helps strengthen our financial system keeping our economy either steady or growing.

Many immigrants are not shown the proper respect they should. They complete the tasks that are given to them and are very dependable workers. They tend to work hard for low pay and always perform consistently. They, in turn, should receive the appropriate medical and social benefits which most of them actually pay for. Respecting these immigrants would be the honorable thing to do instead of shunning them.

Overall, most immigrants in the United States are hardworking and dependable. These individuals stand as some of the pillars in our nation’s economy by providing this country with an unfailing workforce. They also pay the taxes that they should but are denied Social Security and Medicare. Regarded by many citizens as worthless and disruptive to the American life, they perform their jobs consistently well and keep America’s financial system sturdy. They deserve our respect and admiration, without these immigrants, our nation wouldn’t be where it is today.

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Porter, Eduardo. "Illegal Immigrants Are Bolstering Social Security With Billions." Business. 5 Apr. 2005. New York Times. 19 Oct. 2008 .