I've been anxious to get a post out but haven't had time yet to write anything, so I'm posting this relevant research paper from last semester. Feedback is always welcome!
Immigration, especially from South and Central America, has been an incredibly hot button issue for the last few years, starting during the Great Recession of 2008. Immigration laws and their lack of enforcement have certainly resulted in a situation where many undocumented immigrants work and live in the United States, but it is also an issue that has been blown way out of proportion by the media and politicians. Most mainstream media and politicians would have you believe that undocumented immigrants do nothing for the economy or are even detrimental to it which effectively brands immigrants as scapegoats for an economy that failed to recover due to the shortcomings of the government itself. In reality though, undocumented immigrants are a benefit to the US economy. In fact, undocumented workers make up about 5.2% of paid workers in the United States (Gusmano). That’s an additional 11 million people who are earning and spending money in the United States’ economy and thus bolstering the standing of the country in comparison to other economic powerhouses, especially in the wake of the Great Recession from which the United States is still feeling the effects. Undocumented workers are, overall, quite beneficial to the United States and its economy.