Today it’s estimated that there are about 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. For years the idea of immigration reform has been floated around with little progress. Our country was founded by immigrants, and turning our backs on those coming to our country to make a better life for themselves is turning our backs on our heritage.
I agree that we need comprehensive immigration reform, but my ideas do not involve deporting 11 million people and families from our country. According to the PEW Research group, 26% of those undocumented immigrants work in the farming industry. That translates to about 2.8 million people who are doing jobs that many Americans refuse to do. About 1.6 million, or 15% of those are in the construction field as general labor. The vast majority of the 11 million immigrants in our country pay sales taxes, many even pay income taxes, and all of them purchase goods and services which helps our economy grow.
I am strongly against deporting those that are here truly trying to make a better life for themselves and their families. I think that we should find a solution that makes it easier, not harder for those that want to be part of our country to become American citizens. To those claiming that the people that wish to come to our country should just follow the process and wait, could be waiting over a decade as the process in many cases takes years. Gone are the days of coming to Ellis Island and being welcomed to our country (I know the process wasn’t quite that simple, but much easier than today.)
Deporting the undocumented immigrants will create huge strains on the farming and construction industry leaving holes that won’t be easily filled. This will drive up costs due to shortages and ultimately hurt the U.S. economy. Aside from that, deporting 11 million people whom buy good and services will hurt those selling those things.
I get it, we need realistic immigration reform; but just removing a chunk of our population is a knee jerk reaction that will do nothing but harm our economy.