Some of the most intelligent and ambitious individuals, who are unsatisfied with their own countries, bring
their skills to America.
It increases the diversity and expands the culture of the country.
Immigrants often taken the low-paying jobs (like food service & hotel cleaning) that most Americans
don't want to do at such low wages.
Decreasing or eliminating legal immigration will inevitably create more incentive to come to the country
illegally, which leads to less assimilation and fewer taxpaying, law-abiding citizens.
It improves the overall image of America internationally, as it is seen as an
open, welcoming country; and immigrants
who return home or maintain contact with family back home have a true image of America, not the one
propagandized in much of the international media.
Adding an additional group of cheap labor adds to the flexibility of business, leading to cheaper prices, better
quality products, and higher profits.
It gives struggling people all over the world an opportunity for a better life. This country was built on
immigrants who sought opportunity, political & religious freedom, etc.
More immigrants means more opportunity for terrorists, drug dealers, and other criminals to enter the country.
Immigrants, especially the poorer ones, consume a high amount of government
resources (health care, education,
welfare, etc.) without paying a corresponding high rate of taxes.
The national identity and language is disappearing. The great "melting pot" is being replaced by divisive
The emigration to the United States hurts the home country, as much of the male population, workers, and top
intellectuals often leave their country.
Less-skilled American citizens earn less money and have fewer job opportunities because they must compete with
immigrants in the job market.
A political battle that has been heating up recently is the battle over immigration. Terrorism, the drug war, and the national
deficit have all fueled interest in a long dormant debate. The U.S. population, fed largely by immigration, will grow to
420 million by the year 2050 (according to the U.S.
Census). The Hispanic population alone should be over 100 million, which
is especially relevant since over 60 percent of immigrants come from Mexico.
Proposals have recently been put through by the President and House to deal with various aspects of illegal immigration,
varying from amnesty for existing illegals, guest worker programs, deportation, fines for unpaid taxes, stricter border
enforcement, and so on. However, very little attention has been given to legal immigration. Is immigration in
general good for the country? Should we increase the level of people that are allowed to enter the country and work towards