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Legalizing Undocumented Immigrants: How to Improve Labor Markets

If we legalize the 11+ million undocumented immigrants and they take their rightful places in our labor market this will be very helpful. Hardworking and educated and experienced immigrants from abroad to fill gaps in our labor market. Foreign-born workers currently make up 17 percent of the U.S. labor force.

Immigrants are willing to take jobs that many US born workers are not. For example, immigrants will often take agricultural or labor intensive jobs that many US born workers do not want to do. They will also accept a lower wage for the job, sometimes as low as 88 cents on the dollar.

The implementation of immigration in the United States has always been a contentious issue. It is often believed that immigrants are stealing American jobs, but this could not be further from the truth. Numerous studies have shown that immigrants create additional jobs as they contribute to the economy by purchasing goods and services and paying taxes, while also lowering prices of goods as they open up new markets. Raised competition for American-born workers can actually be incredibly beneficial by increasing productivity.

Immigrants, who comprise approximately 20% of the workforce in the US, are an important and valuable asset to our country. Immigrants value their jobs more because their jobs will be tied to their status and visa. For these reasons, they are careful to pay taxes, encouraged to bring in fresh ideas, inspired to innovate, and always bringing new and diverse perspectives to their jobs.

Foreign education is usually longer and more in-depth than in the United States. For these reasons, foreign-educated people bring a lot to the table and often can speak several languages. A lot of foreign-educated people have a better understanding of cultures, making them highly valuable human capital from an employer’s perspective.