Failure To See The Good Of Legal Immigrants In The Workplace

Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 3.06.55 PMThere are many believers that immigration reform allows illegal immigrants and undocumented workers to gain citizenship to easily, become part of the legal workforce to easily, and in too large of numbers. Jeff Sessions of USA Today argues that while cheap labor is good, it goes against loyalty to already American citizens.  He sees this as a social issue that is too lenient in favoring immigrants over citizens that have been in this country (and unemployed for years).  Sessions mentions that the rise in unskilled immigrant workers being able to work legally in the United States, with so many of them in a short amount of time, is costly to our economy and working America.  When a company is not attracting workers they raise wages; so with so many immigrants coming in to work low wage jobs, unemployment will still rise, wages will drop, this will soon effect taxpayers in the long run, and immigrants will take jobs that were previously made for already unemployed Americans, most without high school diplomas, to start filling up.

Loyalty to American citizens is an important aspect that Congress needs to keep in mind with immigration reform.

Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 3.09.31 PMBut reforms for immigrants do not have that many negative effects like Sessions describes.  Immigrants actually, if anything, have positive effects on lesser skilled Americans and wages.  Immigrants often do not compete with American workers but instead complement them.  They too are spending money to help stimulate the economy, create business demand, and even are becoming entrepreneurs who hire American citizens creating even more jobs for them.  By legalizing workers, they are able to make more money, meaning they pay more taxes and have more money to stimulate into the economy.  Providing legal status for that many immigrants to work exponentially raises how many jobs will be created, the rise of wages, and the rise of the overall GDP.

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Sessions, J. Sessions: Immigration plan bad for U.S. workers. USA Today. (2013). Retrieved


It Is Possible To Increase Citizenship and Border Security


Senator Rand Paul explains how its true that border security can increase synonymously to the increase of legal citizenship from immigrants. Border security is on the rise and becoming safer than before and the pathway to citizenship is becoming easier for immigrants to follow and become legal in the U.S.Rand paul

Security Comes First, Then Legal Citizenship




U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security speaks on how immigration can not be discussed until security of our countries borders are addressed first. Once a strong secure border is set, then issues such as legal migration can be ensured for people seeking citizenship and employment legally in the United States.

Patrolling the Mexico-U.S. Border and Its Effects On The Population


This article in The Washington Post addressed different aspects of border control between the U.S. and Mexico.  Not all aspects are positive, such as homicide and drug seizures, but more effective immigration reform could help turn this negative aspects among borders around allowing for a more feasible form of citizenship into the U.S. instead of actions happening illegally.

U.S. Border Control Over Time


The article above is a timeline of events that has impacted border control in the U.S. as told from The New York Times. This timeline includes immigration impacts on the financial status of the U.S., border tensions with the U.S. and Mexico, drug seizures, border control legislation, racial profiling, etc.

Immigration Reform: A Path To Citizenship

Obama has made it clear that during his second term, immigration reform is a top priority that needs to continue to be pushed forward.  After watching videos of Obama’s interviews regarding immigration reforms, he is pushing for changing trends in immigration participation in the United States. Obama has  also pushed for legislations in the recent past for the young immigrants and children of immigrants to have a more fair opportunity to succeed in the United States and as a member of society.  Starting with the youth is the strategy to change trends in participation legally for immigrants coming to our country.

Many would say that immigration reform is loosening the boarders of our country and making it easier for illegal immigrants to participate as a citizen in the US with out all the legalities of what it means to be a citizen of this country.  After reading the four main sections of the “Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform”  (click here for full article) it is clear the intentions of this reform are not to loosen boards of this country to immigrants, but to provide for immigrants a clear straight path to achieve a legal status.  This reform wants to reward and help those here not engaging in criminal activity and help them achieve legal status so they can participate in the United States as active citizens contributing to society. The boarders are going to be just as secure and protected as they have been.

Obama has noted that historically, Latinos (the group with the highest immigration percentages to the US) have had the lower voter turn out in this country and the higher rates of illegally documented workers.  In recent years the Latino turn out have increased showing their sense of empowerment and civic participation.  Occurrences like this are making Obama feel confident that “immigration reform can get done”.  Laws are being put into place to help the youth that are here by no fault of their own.  Obama firmly believes that the youth should not be under a cloud of deportation and the immigration reforms are only positive in helping them become the Americans they aspire to be and contribute to society.

Geneva Harrison

Hello, I’m Geneva. I am a Junior at the University of Marylandstudying Communications.  I am from Centreville, Maryland on the Eastern Shore. I feel in love with UMD as a child and am thrilled to be a Terp now as I always hoped I would be.

I am currently working on campus as a technical director for the DistanceEducation Technology Services. I am a Marketing Intern for Bobby’s Burger Palace in College Park as well.  Myself along with 4 other interns manage all social media channels for BBP, as well as host events to raise awareness of the restaurant and raise money for local food banks on behalf of BBP.  For the past two years I have been interning with ViewPoint Communications Inc., which has included film production, broadcast, and documentary production

Post graduation, I hope to pursue my communications career in marketing and networking.  I hope to live somewhere in the Annapolis or Baltimore area and create connections across the state of Maryland.