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Roundtable Discussion Team FourCST 105Illegal Immigration: A Roundtable DiscussionIt’s safe to say if you live in America you’re probably aware of the controversial topic of illegal immigration reform in the US. Particularly in the past few years, we have seen increases in discourse surrounding this topic. It became especially prevalent in the debates of our current President Trump and his opponent Hillary Clinton when they were rivals for the position of head of the US. Regardless of your opinion on the matter, it can’t be denied that it’s a very complex issue that has to be handled with caution and due consideration. In this paper, we will examine arguments from both sides of this matter as we reflect on the pros and cons of illegal immigrationin the United States. When considering illegal immigration from a beneficial standpoint we notice that it does indeed improve employment and productivity as well as help fuel our economy. It also stimulates cultural growth and diversity. However, when we review its effects on the US from a negative perspective we have to consider the costs it has on economic resources causing productivity to diminish and bring in inferior processes. In addition to this it must be taken into account that illegal immigrants pose threats both of overpopulation and increase in criminal activity for the US. We’ll delve further into these aspects as we examine the role illegal immigration plays in our country. Immigrants and families have played a pivotal role in U.S. labor force and in our economy for decades. Due to our inaccurate immigration reporting, these contributions of immigrants tend to withhold benefits from the American worker. Immigration affect U.S. workers’ wages and employment in a positive manner. People generally think that wages will decline as the supply of labor increases. However, this theory is definitely incorrect. For example, immigrants don’t present a negative impact on earnings of native-born workers. In fact,immigrant workers tend to complement each other rather than compete for the same jobs. These
Roundtable Discussion Team FourCST 105two groups of workers tend to have different skill sets meaning that they seek different types of jobs. Lesser skilled immigrants have been responsible for keeping industries alive which will help the native-born workers within industries and the native-born worker whose jobs are associated or connected with those industries. As immigrants move into our labor force, different American groups sometime will compete with immigrants. People in the American groups respond to changes in the work force by moving to higher skilled jobs which could result in higher paying jobs. Immigrants also create jobs since 900,000 small business are owned by immigrants. This is close to 18 percent of all incorporated business owners. Even though some of these businesses are undocumented or operating underground, continuing to legalize these businesses will bring employees to ground; therefore, leading to better job opportunities. (Kugler