Why America Needs Low-Skilled Immigrants
The Benefits of Low-Skilled Immigration
“Immigrants take away American jobs.” This statement is used by President Trump to justify his decision to reduce legal immigration to the US. But what President Trump and his administration fail to acknowledge is the necessity of low-skilled immigrants in the American workforce. Maintenance work, food preparation jobs, and personal care work are a few of the jobs that are expected to increase the most between 2014 – 2024. The baby boom generation is getting older, and the US needs to realize the importance of preserving these jobs because America’s future labor supply may decrease without a consistent influx of immigrant workers.
Economic analysis cannot go unnoticed by the Trump administration. The cheap labor offered by low-skilled immigrants increases economic output and decreases prices. Low-skilled immigrants’ role as consumers in the market of goods and services contributes to the flow of money in the consumer market. Additionally, their children actually end up having more skills than their parents. Has all of this been overlooked by the administration or is the administration perpetuating a self-serving agenda? Hopefully not.
According to The New York Times, “less-skilled immigration does not just knock less-educated Americans out of jobs. It often leads to the creation of news jobs—at better wages—for natives, too. ” The critical difference between Americans and low-skilled immigrants is apparent but often overlooked. Simply put, this difference is English. This alone gives Americans an advantage over low-skilled immigrants because they instantly qualify for jobs that require communicating with customers. So, if immigrants obtain jobs as dish washers at restaurants, Americans may get bumped up the work ladder and secure jobs that require communication. In fact, employers will create more communication-related jobs for natives.
It’s no surprise that low-skilled immigrants sustain industries such as the horse-racing industry and the strawberry production industry. America needs low-skilled immigrants. This is the current reality facing the American economy, but President Trump has acted as if US immigration presents a threat to Americans. This narrative is false. Without a consistent flow of immigrants, the US economy may be significantly harmed. Other countries have suffered because of unbalanced demographics, but what has helped America as a country is the fact that various people have been dispersed across a wide net of jobs ranging from agriculture to engineering. There may be an employment hole that the US needs to fill in the future, and the only people who will be able to fill that hole are immigrants.
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Sources: “The Danger From Low-Skilled Immigrants: Not Having Them.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 8 Aug. 2017, www.nytimes.com/2017/08/08/business/economy/immigrants-skills-economy-jobs.html. Accessed 16 Aug. 2017.
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