With so many unemployed Americans right now, should the U.S. government temporarily cease legal immigration?
If legal immigration is stopped, then a large chunk of employment will be left for the Americans. With a reduction in immigrants, the outflow of the national resources will stop. With the rising employment, there will be a rise in the standard of living which will encourage people to start new businesses and ventures thereby creating more employment opportunities.
Yes, hundreds of thousands of immigrants come here every year. Americans who have lost their jobs are willing to take agricultural jobs now, and we have some of the most talented and brightest people already here who need jobs! Roads, schools and towns are becoming over crowded. We can not take care of who currently lives here, why take in more?
Until we can get people back to work and people stop loosing their homes, we should put a temporary halt to any immigration. Review it every 2 years.
Ceasing legal (and illegal!) immigration would leave many more job openings for the Americans who are without jobs and are having a hard time finding one. It makes common sense that legal and illegal immigrants are filling job openings so if less are coming in that would mean more for the people who are already here.
Recently it came to my attention that a foreign car company in America has outsourced it's information technology services to another American company that imports work visa immigrants from India to do the work. Leaving the employees who previously held the job to either accept substantially lower wages or go without a job. This is unforgivable. As a result I will never buy this line of cars.
The USA should have done this a long time ago. With the economy in a bad situation, the Americans already in the country should be the ones to be able to find jobs, not the one outside. Plus, the USA is already feeling the effects of a growing population, and population growth seriously needs to stop RIGHT NOW!! The country can't take care of itself if it lets millions more people in, which it is unwisely doing. Plus, immigrants especially from the Middle East are actually the ones who contribute most to population growth, and some predict that they will overpopulate America in the next century.
Yes, I totally agree that the U.S. government should temporarily cease legal immigration in order to provide employment to unemployed Americans right now. America has been known to give various job opportunities to people of various nations at the point of time when the economy was doing well. But, currently the nation is not doing so well, and Americans are getting laid off on month to month basis. So, it is better to stop legal immigration for time being in order to provide job opportunities to unemployed American.
I believe that America needs to get a hold on what's going on, on its soil, before they start letting any others into the country to stay legally. America needs to get its house in order before they start opening their doors to make accommodations for permanent visitors. Today's Americans are facing hard times, so it seems silly to just open the door to the possibility of new Americans. This would seemingly make things worse for those who are already here. Also, there are so many illegal immigrants here that it's undercutting the structure of society. This issue needs to be dealt with before America adds to the chaos and confusion by allowing others to come and stay permanently.
Yes, we should seeing as most of the people that came here legally are now illegal. Stop it for 3-5 yrs. Round up the ones that never went home.give our economy time to heal itself. We do not have the financial resources nor the natural resources to support them anymore. We are now entering the final turning and for those who don't know about the great depression this is how it started. What a slap in the faces of the soldiers fighting for our country, dying everyday while we keep giving free housing and daycare so people who shouldn't have had children on a work visa in the first place can work and send all there money home. Pay attention. Most of the ones that have become legal plan to retire and spend there money ssi money back in there country. Wake up please before its too late. If you pay attention to politics the only people its helping is cheap business owners who are taking advantage of what visas are supposed to be used for, not turning away Americans saying sorry we have enough people on visas coming, which I have to tell at least 15 Americans applying at my low wage job a day. Per my boss. My mother raised me and my brother as a single mom waitressing and being a motel maid, so did most of my friends moms, now they cant find Americans to do those jobs. Bull. Why do you think unemployment is so high, because it's those people that lost their jobs. But that's okay because what goes around comes around so for all of you hiring them, well, it's middle class America that spends the most money so without those people you'll be just as screwed as everyone else soon and say goodbye to ssi cause its people like me that work and keep the money flowing immigrants don't pay into it. I feel so sorry for the people with their heads up their butts but soon enough remember the final turning you bleeding hearts because you'll need to remember that when every new generation cant find a job and the goverment has to support while your immigrants are sending 30 million out a week.
Immigrants have come to America for work since the country was founded, but we are in a crisis now, and someone has to stop the bleeding. 60% of my friends and family are out of work, and they could get temporary jobs doing construction, etc. but these jobs are all filled with illegal immigrants who get paid under the table and don't even pay taxes. The most ironic part is that my jobless friends and family have to pay taxes on their unemployment checks. It isn't right and this country will collapse if they keep deciding to not take care of their own people first.
As an American who was raised in this soil, I have more than two academic degrees and its been over six months since I graduated. While me and many others like me are here without jobs, many get here from foreign land with job and security. The money they earn is also invested in foreign countries. First, take care of our citizens then we can invite more people.
Legal immigrants and temporary workers (primarily H-1b) have unfairly displaced millions of credible people out of the market. They have been the right fit for their positions, but greedy firms kicked them out to get cheaper labor from third-world nations. Focus to put the American citizens on the path then worry about those outsiders later.
The government should put a stop to all immigration until the unemployment level drops back to a normal and acceptable level. Allowing new immigrants into the United States at this time is just asking for the unemployment level to stay high. Either the immigrant will be unemployed, or they will take a job that could have gotten a citizen off of unemployment.
There are many Americans who are still struggling to find employment, despite the fact that the economy seems to be on an upswing. When people come to America from other countries, it takes some of the available jobs away from the American people. I am not saying immigrants should not be allowed to come here forever. What I am saying is that there should be freeze on immigration until the economy picks up so that Americans are given the first choice of jobs.
Only bring in those for which we have an immediate need, and are unable to fill with unemployed Americans. This basically means STOP ALL IMMIGRATION IMMEDIATELY. With thousands of unemployed Americans, we should be able to fill any employment need. While you are at it, instead of supporting millions of illegals, spend the money on a one way plane ticket, and send the illegals back to the third world hellhole from which they came.
The immigrants are taking our jobs. I don't get it....After american companies just outsourced millions of jobs to other countries, why are these immigrants not staying where they belong? We do not need any more immigrants legal or illegal. American people should be given first preference for jobs and housing in america. We have paid taxes for many year, these immigrants have not!!!!
Stop being wimps, America. Go to the farms and fields and regain your independence. Seriously, what immigrants are taking YOUR white collar jobs? Come on, stop being sissies. Is Pedro REALLY working at the call center? Get People Back to Work? Please, Americans run farms because their "Pappies" owned them before. Think about where you live, now think about which illegal is taking your job. Where, at US Bank, at Wells Fargo? At Macy's? Get real. Cry cry cry. Go to the fields and work under the sun for 15 hours a day. You're unemployed and spending the rest of your money to pay for your cell phones.
The number of legal immigrants coming to the country is so small, that I do not believe they dramatically affect the jobless rate of American citizens. The security of our economy goes beyond the mere jobless rate, anyway. Bearing that in mind, if legal immigrants are bringing valuable skills to our country, then I fully believe that they have a positive place in our society, even in unsure economic times.
Americans are not debarred from seeking employment in other countries where rate of unemployment is even higher than that in America. So, people from other countries also should not be banned from seeking employment in America. Immigrants do not get the jobs just because they come from another country; they get the positions because they have the requisite qualifications, abilities and the merit to bag such jobs. What the American administration can do instead is stimulating the economy to create more jobs which will reduce unemployment in the country.
I disagree with ceasing legal immigration. For one thing, it doesn't state how long "temporarily" is, or how many Americans would have to be employed again before it would change. It's very arbitrary. Legal immigrants often start small businesses which create new jobs, helping the economy rather than hurting it.
The rate of unemployment should have no bearing on legal immigration. In fact, to allow the population of the US to grow helps to increase the demand in terms of supply, which should in turn help to create more jobs. Generally, those people just immigrating would not be as qualified as Americans who have been here awhile anyway, so the jobs will likely not go to new residents.
Legal immigration has zero negative impact on the job market. Legal immigrants contribute by making more jobs, and paying taxes. What needs to be stopped is illegal immigration, because those persons contribute nothing to jobs other than taking them from legal workers; illegal immigrants also do not pay taxes, and spend very little earned money in the country.
Legal immigration is used to fill two kinds of jobs. One kind are jobs that Americans just will not do, and are largely agricultural. The second are specialized positions where there is a shortage of native talent. American business relies on being able to attract the best and brightest minds from around the world. This gives us a competitive edge over other nations. It is indeed legal immigrants who often come up with the ideas and developments that corporations rely on for expansion of business. That leads to growing economic quarters and jobs.
The problem with Americans and jobs is not necessarily affected by legal immigration. The biggest problem lies with illegal immigration. Those who come into this country and work for little to nothing without proper paperwork. Illegal aliens do not pay taxes and yet they are still eligible to receive health care and welfare. This I do not now nor will I ever understand. Why would anybody ever come into this country legally when the opportunities are there for all whether or not the hard work is done to gain legal immigration status. Those who come into this country properly and legally should be allowed the same opportunities as those of us who were born here. They have worked hard for their status and should be rewarded.
I do not believe that the high unemployment rate in the United States has anything to do with immigration, legal or otherwise. What we need to do is to stop making it attractive for corporations to move jobs from the U.S. to overseas, and instead give incentives to keep and create real jobs right here in the U.S. I'm not an economist, so I don't know exactly how to do this, but immigration is not the problem here.
I do not think the U.S. should suspend immigration because doing so will hurt the economy. With legal immigration comes the prospect of new job creation. Many immigrants come here and open businesses which help stimulate the economy. Also more people in our country means more spending, which means more economic stimulation. People who think we should stop immigration are looking at the short term. In the long run, I think it will help our country.
Legal immigration should be allowed to continue. I believe America has always benefited greatly from legal immigration. I think stopping all immigration would actually send the wrong message to the rest o the world that we are no longer the land of opportunity. As long as immigration is done legally, I believe it can actually help our economy as it always has.