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Effects of Immigration

The United States Department of Justice filed a request to a Texas Federal Judge to allow the Obama Administration to allow for the implementation of President Obama’s immigration plan. The plan was recently blocked by a Texas judge as many people feel the plan would cause an increase in the number of undocumented immigrants, forcing many programs in the United States to incur added costs to provide education, health care and other services to these illegal immigrants. If the Obama administration is able to continue with their plan of actioning for laying the ground work for this proposal it would positively effect some four million people. Although illegal immigrants are technically not allowed in our country, I believe that they contribute positively to the well being of citizens in the United States.

Obama’s plan, according to the article, “would allow the administration to continue laying the groundwork for its Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program, which would allow about four million people currently in the country illegally to apply for deferred deportation and work authorizations.” http://www.wsj.com/articles/white-house-seeks-stay-of-ruling-on-immigration-actions-1424711188. This would allow relief for millions of illegal immigrants in the US. The fact that immigrants are already here means instead of deporting all of them, we should grant them citizenship and get them “into the system.” This would enable them to pay taxes and contribute positively to society. While there would be added costs, these costs would be largely offset by the taxes paid. Many people argue illegal immigrants are bad because they get to use public goods without paying for them or that they take jobs. The first problem would be solved by taxes. If they contributed their far share like we all do, then they would not be able to capitalize on “free” public good like parks. Regarding the second argument, I do not see many of us lining up to go work some of the worst jobs imaginable. The fact that immigrants take these jobs allow two things to happen. First, when paid, these immigrants go to local stores and spend their income in ways that positively enhance national GDP. Secondly, and arguably more importantly, illegal immigrants work jobs that must be done that no one wants, for less. This allows goods that we buy everyday to be priced cheaper. Because labor is such a large cost for any industry, employing cheap labor creates better margins for the producers, which in the end, get passed to us as consumers.

The article also states, “In its motion seeking a stay while it appeals the injunction, the Obama administration said its immigration program will allow it to focus its limited resources on deporting those who pose national security risks and threats to public safety.” This allows for the good to stay and the bad illegals to leave. The real problem lies with how far the president is allowed to go regarding his authority as president. Mr. Péndola and Ms. Benítez, two immigrants highlighted in a recent NY Times article, “now stand on two sides of a sharp divide created by disagreements over how far a president can change immigration policy by executive action.” I believe this is just another example of both parties flexing their muscles and not letting the other “win.” I hope for the sake of our country and the illegal immigrants in it, Obama is able to expand and implement this program. Because at the end of the day, we are all illegal immigrants in the United States.