Immigration wages

The united states is a country made up of immigrants. Yet U.S born workers feel as if foreign born workers are having a negative impact on their society. They feel as if immigrant workers are stealing all the working jobs and taking money from healthcare and other benefit plans. Though it is proven that immigrant worker don’t take job but even create more jobs and have a good contribution to society for sales in food and service goes up and in the article EPI Brief, Immigration and wages states “although new immigrant workers add to the labor supply, they also consume goods and services, which greats more jobs.” “The ways of male U.S born workers with less than a high school education were largely unaffected by immigration over this period. Female U.S born workers born with less than a high school education experienced a relative increase in wages of 1.1% due to immigration. ($4.19 per week)”

Assignment 4-8, Immigration Policy, ,

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  1. Immigration has been a controversial topic throughout the United States for quite some time now. Everyone has various viewpoints on our immigration policy; some believe immigrants are affecting the US, some believe they are making a difference in an affirmative way. One factor as to why some believe that immigrants are affecting the country is because they think they are taking away jobs from Americans. I definitely agree with you Jiajin, that myth is wrong in my opinion as well, because immigrants are doing the jobs, educated Americans would not even consider doing, therefore they are filling in the gap and impacting society in a positive way. Statistics have shown the inflow of immigrants in the US that are taking jobs are doing jobs by people with a high school education, or less even. Many are also worried that immigrants have the potential to change the wages and decrease them for Americans, but according to the EPI Briefing Paper, that should not be of worry. “For workers with less than a high school education, the relative wage effect of immigration was similar to the overall effect. U.S.-born workers with less than a high school education saw a relative 0.3% increase in wages…” (Shierholz, 2)

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