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Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 in 2012 Elections, 2014 Elections, 2016 Elections, 2016 Presidential Election, Breaking News, Business, Economy, Immigration, Politics, War | 13 comments

Benefits of Immigration

shutterstock_128345045With all the Republican candidates for president and conservatives in the House pushing for limits on immigration and most wanting the return of undocumented immigrants to their countries of origin, thought should be given to the benefits these new arrivals bring. They provide value not only for America, but for European nations, Australia, Canada and Japan. Whether the immigrants are trying to escape political turmoil, war, famine, and death, religious or ethnic persecution, or to find economic opportunities that were unavailable to them, makes no difference. They have traveled hundreds to thousands of miles and endured hardships and dangers to reach their destinations and start new lives. Their will and perseverance is indicative of the kind of citizens they can be.

The nations which immigrants have chosen as their destinations all happen to have aging populations and the new arrivals for the most part are young and vigorous. This means that their labor will provide boosts to the nations’ economies, and their taxes and fees will support Social Security and the safety nets for the older people who are about to retire or have already done so.

The immigrants have left poor countries and come to wealthier ones where they will have the opportunities to earn a living and support themselves and their families. Overwhelmingly, they are not looking for handouts but for work, and are willing for the most part to take jobs that many native-born citizens would not consider. In the United States and other developed countries, the immigrants toil in agriculture, hospitality, and fast food restaurants, as maids, landscapers, gardeners, and dishwashers, as nurses’ aides and home health aides attending to sick or elderly people, and also enlist in the military. They provide services and generate products that would otherwise be lacking as they grow the economies of these nations. And not only do their new homelands enjoy the fruits of their labor, but these immigrants also help the economies as consumers, buying goods that would otherwise not be bought.

With economic expansion from their efforts, they are also increasing the tax base and providing revenue to all levels of government. As they consume goods, they contribute to local and state sales taxes that would otherwise not be paid. When they drive, they yield additional gasoline taxes to repair the roads and infrastructure of the nations where they reside.

Immigrants also inject new blood and new ideas, and a willingness to do whatever it takes to succeed. A number of foreign students also come to be educated and most of them want to stay in America or their other new homelands afterwards. Unfortunately, America only allows a limited number of these students to remain. Some of them in the STEM fields may receive H-1B visas which gives them permission to work for a company for three to six years. But permanent status may be more difficult. This is foolish policy as America is educating and training highly specialized workers in vital fields and then returning them to their countries of origin, wasting valuable brain power. Not only do many of them function in critical fields, but a number of them patent new processes or as entrepreneurs form new companies that will employ American workers. U.S. laws are responsible for a brain drain of educated workers who would like to stay here, but cannot receive permission.

For the most part, European nations and Japan have had homogeneous populations and cultures and it has been hard for some of them to accept new immigrants despite the aging of their workers and the rest of the populace, ignoring what it portends for their economies. But America has always been a nation of immigrants and its greatness was built on cultural diversity and new ideas. Because of the cost and the waste of resources it would entail, it is foolish to even consider deporting 12 million undocumented immigrants. Ways must be found to provide them with legal status and then a path to citizenship after an extended period of time, with payment of fees, ability to speak English, and an understanding of our history and laws. For foreign students and those on H-1B visas, a more rapid attainment of permanent status and a path to citizenship must be legislated.

America’s demographic make-up is changing and the transformation is inevitable. Opponents of immigration reform may have their fingers in the dike for the moment, but the tide will overwhelm them at some point. All countries and their citizens should recognize the benefits of immigration and welcome the new residents who are going to help their economies and make their nations stronger and more resilient.

Resurrecting Democracy

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  • The_Ohioan

    All true and besides, the immigrants fleeing repression are mostly going to be conservatives politically (as the Cubans were) which could greatly benefit the Republicans were they astute enough to understand it. Needless to say, they are, for the most part, not.

  • StopTheLies

    Do you not read the news? Where have you been?

    Did you not know there have been widespread corporate layoffs of OUR CITIZENS who are directly replaced with cheap foreign labor of H-1B, L-1, OPT or even B-1 visas? And, in many cases, after being forced to train their own replacements in exchange for a small severance.

    Care to disclose how much you were paid for this post? It’s probably not much of the over $2B that tech corporations have spent on “lobbying” and propaganda — money that buys a lot of lies, liars, and politicians.

    Looks like we’ve found another shill for cheap corporate labor.

    • tidbits

      Please provide proof of your unsupported allegation that the author was “paid for this post”.

      The name calling directed toward the author, “another shill for cheap corporate labor” is likewise uncalled for.

      You should perhaps read the Commenting Rules linked at the top of the page. Or you could just take your accusatory ad hominem attacks elsewhere.

      Dr. Levine’s history does not lend itself to questioning his integrity.

    • Rcoutme

      First of all, the author is an immigrant to this country, and a military veteran of same. Secondly, immigrants are not lowering the wages for Americans (in any kind of net fashion, annecdotal evidence is not proof).

    • archangel

      No one is paid here at TMV “StopTL”. If someone were it would be me, for having to lose feathers constantly to try to keep this place a place of discussion instead of disorder. lol.

      On another note, Dr. Levine, myself and two of our other writers are all immigrants and immigrants’ kids. We have lived the immigrant experience face up and face down, meaning high hopes and also dashed hopes from abject discrimination from others. I put my faith in those who can speak from first-witness as immigrants… and who still have unruined hearts. That’s not only a feat given those who scorn and mock, it is a great blessing on our nation, The United States of America.

  • joegandelman

    YES Mr. Stop the Lies. I barely go into comments but go find other sites if you want to smear writers claiming they were paid to express a point of view. Start your own blog. I never say it, but making an allegation like that against a thoughtful writer means we really think you should go elsewhere. You COULD have simply, calmly, without sounding angry, stated your case and made your points.But rather than discuss this on serious points, you chose to attack a respected doctor, author and veteran who is known for his SERIOUS takes on issues. Please do visit other websites — and don’t let the Windows hit you on the way out.

  • n6532l

    “They have traveled hundreds to thousands of miles”

    There are no two points on earth that far apart. The rest of this article is equally flawed.

    We do not have enough jobs for our own citizens. We have no business taking in additional people. To do so harms our own citizens.

    • KP

      I have flown 6-8 thousand miles at a time, many times.

      I have ridden my _bike_ 170,000 miles.

      There are no two points on earth that far apart?(!)

      • archangel

        now KP, I know there must be another zero in there, after 170,00? Right?

        Man after that blood moon eclipse a couple weeks ago, it’s been a little wicky wacky for a lot of us. lol

        • KP

          Another zero 🙂

          Oh, that moon!

          I was Franz Mesmer(ized) (!!)

          • archangel

            lol

    • archangel

      I think you read the text wrong. There seem to, at least on planet earth, be many many places that are hundreds TO thousands of mile [apart from start to finish] that many persons have traveled….

      Thanks

      Archangel

  • jakeleone

    Most (more than half) of all H-1b visas are taken up by Offshore Outsourcing companies.

    Offshore Outsourcing companies do only one thing well, that being the displacement of Americans working the United States and the removal of entire departments overseas.

    And BTW this displacement is well documented, please Google H-1b and Southern California Edison or “Disney” in google news. And you will find
    plenty of articles from journalist at respected new organizations writing about how H-1b has been used to get U.S. citizens to train their foreign worker replacements. Yes, indeed there is plenty of evidence where foreign workers have displaced Americans and put Americans on the unemployment line.

    The reality is that our Domestic Tech Originating companies barely use 1/3 of the available H-1b visas.

    Offshore Outsourcing companies are the reason why our domestic tech originating companies cannot get reliable access. Because of their deliberate and calculated over-subscription of the H-1b system which forces a lottery for the H-1b visa.

    Offshore Outsourcing companies don’t care about the lottery, because if H-1b candidate A or B doesn’t win an H-1b visa, candidate C will do just fine, because they are all just trainees anyway.

    I am waiting for the “moderate” voices of business to stop the zero-IQ whining for more (or unlimited) H-1b visas. When clearly we don’t need more H-1b visas, what we need is to do is to kick all the Offshore Outsourcing companies out of the H-1b system, and instead only allow companies that will actually hire an American have access to the H-1b system.

    If Offshore Outsourcing companies were barred from the H-1b system, as they should be, we would never have seen a year, since inception, where we ran out of H-1b visas.

    As it currently stands the H-1b system is mostly being used to destroy jobs in America, and to force Americans to train their H-1b replacement. Our Federal Government has no business WHAT-SO-EVER in fostering this economically destructive use of the H-1b visa.

    H-1b is a non-immigrant visa, and the Offshore Outsourcing companies take that to heart, by sponsoring only a handful of people for a green card each year.

    H-1b is the best way to remove jobs from the United States, because H-1b is the Indenturement Visa and it allows Offshore Outsourcing companies to keep workers on a leash.

    I am Anti-Transient. But I am pro-Immigrant. I want the H-1b system to work for America not against it.

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