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Immigration’s True Effect on the Economy

On Ellis Island of New York Harbor lies an American national monument that is meant to stand for all values that Americans hold true. At the base of this monument, these words are inscribed:

“Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me:

I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

These words, as the monument itself does, give a description of one of America’s greatest morals. It is usually the first thing that many immigrants see coming into New York Harbor. These statements are no longer completely supported by America. In the late 1800s and all through the 1900s, the United States started to view immigration as an issue that needed to be dealt with. It began to create demographic problems for Americans of that time. But the economic issue of immigration’s affect on the workforce is one of the biggest controversial issues today. Immigration will not have an affect on the US job market that will be large enough to bring about the downfall of this country’s economy.

Immigrant employment is one of the fundamental necessities for many large companies today.
Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan says:

“I have always thought that under the conditions such as what we now

confront, we should be carefully focused on the contribution which skilled

people from abroad, unskilled people from abroad, what they can

contribute to this country as they have for generation after generation.”

Foreigners provide new, innovative ideas for companies along with a hard work ethic. Immigrants applying for jobs that most likely would not be otherwise filled help a business to function. They bring with them a sense of hard work and productivity. According to The Congressional Politics of Immigration Reform, “employment-based immigrant categories have included...

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