Why Are Immigrants Great for U.S.?
For United States of America, immigrants are gifts from heaven. Not all nations can afford to enjoy benefits of immigration, but the United States can. We are big enough, with sufficient space for development and redevelopment. Our population is large enough to finance assimilation, yet small enough to justify immigration. Unlike China and India, we are a young nation with little historical baggage and abundant natural resources to support more innovation. Best of all, our economic structure is so sophisticated that there are many jobs only high-skilled immigrants can fill. All the reasons above made Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of Singapore, call immigration America’s secret weapon to outgrow its competitors.
If the U.S. immigration makes Mr. Lee jealous, because Singapore cannot afford expansive immigration policies like ours, Americans should reconsider how we handle our greatest advantage. Sadly, many Americans still have not proper understanding of how beneficial immigrants are to an aspiring economy like ours.
Immigrants are gifts dropping out of heaven, because they make us wealthier. Each immigrant that legally or illegally stay in the U.S., work, create needs and contribute to further growth. Most of them work, pay taxes and purchase food, clothing, cars and rent places to lodge. All of their expenses for necessities create more jobs in America. More jobs they created for managerial and technical roles alike. As Adam Davidson on “Debunking Myth of Job-Stealing Immigrants” noticed, most immigrants do not steal jobs that natives want. Rather, if there are enough immigrants in the U.S., their needs create more jobs that the natives want– the ones requiring special skill or managerial capacity. Studies by Professor Peri of University of California, Davis, showed that immigrants tended to dominate supporting roles. In construction industries, they mix and pour concrete or move heavy objects; on Wall Street, they offer technical solutions through IT or other analysis. Immigrants support the natives by creating more managerial opening for the natives. Mr. Davidson further noted that,
For all our faults, the United States is still far better developed economically than most nations, certainly the ones that most of our immigrants have left. Our legal system and our financial and physical infrastructure are also far superior to most (as surprising as that might sometimes seem to us). So when people leave developing economies and set foot on American soil, they typically become more productive, in economic terms.
It is time to clear the faulty assumptions that there are only limited jobs, that the natives could have filled without immigrants. If America’s half-hearted immigration reforms could attract high-quality, high-skilled immigrants, we will benefit greatly with real efforts.