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  1. Abstract
    1. A Presentation of main issues in the debate
  2. Introduction
    1. Presentation of the Immigration situation in the country
  3. Economic disadvantages of immigrants
    1. Consumption of public resources
    2. Not paying taxes
    3. Unemployment
  4. Economic advantages
    1. Provision of cheap labor to important sectors
    2. Provision of market to goods and services
    3. Payment of taxes
  5. Conclusion

Immigrants to the United States have historically elicited passionate debates on whether they are of economic benefit or an economic burden to the country. Those who hold the view that immigrants are of economic benefit have advanced views including that with the coming of immigrants into the country there is availability of cheap labor force who, besides contributing to the numbers of available labor, are also contributing to making businesses by locals benefit since they buy goods. According to this thinking too, immigrants, besides contributing to consumer base for goods and services are also important for setting up new business ventures which open-up employment opportunities for the locals. For those of the opposite view, the immigrants are an economic burden since they consume the government resources allocated for the people as well as contribute to making low-pay packages since they are ready to accept low-pays.

In the last few decades, immigrants to the United States have surged in numbers. By the year 2005, there were more than 38 million immigrants in the country. This represented 13% in the total population, in the country, as being foreign-born (Burman 56). For some economists, this trend has been a cause of alarm. For others, the trend is an economic blessing to the country. According to one view on this debate, immigrants are today an important impediment to the government's objectives of its goals. As this view holds, since the majority of the immigrants are illegal the fact is that majority of them are not paying taxes. As Geigenberger (171) identifies, with this quality, the government lags behind in many of its objectives. This is because the collection of the taxes thus revenue does not reflect the anticipated collections. According to Geigenberger (171), because of this inability to get taxes from the majority of the immigrants, the government is always strained in the achievement of objectives.

[...] In the last few decades, immigrants to the United States have surged in numbers. By the year 2005, there were more than 38 million immigrants in the country. This represented 13% in the total population, in the country, as being foreign-born (Burman 56). For some economists, this trend has been a cause of alarm. For others, the trend is an economic blessing to the country. According to one view on this debate, immigrants are today an important impediment to the government's objectives of its goals. [...]


[...] This could cause collapse of some sectors such as agriculture which heavily depend on these people. Besides, with such measure so f shutting the borders, the country is bound to lose of the social benefits that these people bring especially the family value system they instill on the American culture. Works cited Burman, Stephen. The state of the American Empire: How the U.S. A Shapes the World. Berkeley: University of California Press From Google books. Website is: http://books.google.be/books?id=XSg6YBBlTq8C&printsec=frontcover&dq=The+stat e+of+the+American+Empire:+How+the+U.S.+A+Shapes+the++World&hl=en&ei=- yAlTrL8Bcb4rQfUtd2PCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAA #v=onepage&q&f=false Geigenberger, Julia. [...]


[...] Not paying taxes. C. Unemployment. IV. Economic advantages. A. Provision of cheap labor to important sectors. B. Provision of market to goods and services. C. Payment of taxes. Abstract. Immigrants to the United States have historically elicited passionate debates on whether they are of economic benefit or an economic burden to the country. [...]

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