The “American Dream” is a concept well known and coveted by so many people in this country and all over the world. James Truslow Adams, invented the concept in his book The American Epic; and he explained it as “that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.” Many undocumented immigrants are forced to leave their countries to fight and achieve their American dream. In the recent years the issue of undocumented immigrants has been a rising concern and often creates negative feelings towards the undocumented aliens. Despite all the negativity surrounding the issue, undocumented immigrants benefit this country in many ways and they should be granted the same opportunities as any other citizen to triumph in this country because they are incredible people who have to overcome many obstacles in hope to achieve the American dream, they help and benefit the economy and of course there is the cost burden of massive deportation.
Despite all the hatred towards undocumented immigrants they are still incredible human being that they have overcome many obstacle in the hopes to achieve the American dream. According to the Pew Research center, there is an estimate of 11.1million undocumented immigrants currently living in this country. In his article on CNN money, Octavio Blanco stated that from the entire workforce in USA, only 5% are undocumented immigrants. They all left their countries finding a better life and in pursuit of their American dreams. Most of them come here to work and send money to their families to provide a better life to them. Many Americans overlook their citizen rights, and do not often stop to think about what their lives would be like without these simple rights like healthcare and education. Undocumented immigrants do not tend to have the luxury of visiting doctors for a yearly check or whenever they are sick. The minor undocumented immigrants struggle with education, especially with getting accepted into colleges or universities. Many minors when they are brought here by their parents, English is not their first language so when they get admitted into school there is a language barrier and they struggle with adapting and learning the English language. But for the minors learning English is easier than for their parents; most parents almost never learn the language properly. These people sacrifice their lives away from their countries and families for a better chance at life. Despite all their struggles and sacrifices, they adapt to this country and fight for their American dream.
Another important factor is that the help and benefit the economy. There have been recent remarks with the misconception undocumented immigrants are criminals, rapists or drug dealers. That’s utterly false. Contrary to popular rhetoric, undocumented immigrants are economic contributors and not criminals. Undocumented immigrants are here working, paying their taxes and some even start their own businesses hence creating new jobs. They play an integral role in this country’s economy. Despite contrary belief undocumented immigrants are not displacing Americans from jobs, but instead they are filling jobs that few Americans are interested in. A very important example is the agriculture industry, where undocumented are the majority of field crop workers. Instead of committing crimes, a vast majority of undocumented immigrants are working and paying their taxes. Experts have long argued that undocumented immigrants are net contributors to programs like Medicare and Social Security, but unfortunately they do not qualify for these benefits. Undocumented aliens often start their own businesses, despite financing and licensing obstacles. These self-employed workers created American jobs and contributed to the economy. According to Robert Lynch and Patrick Oakford in the New American Economy site 10 percent of the undocumented immigrants are entrepreneurs, creating $17.2 billion in revenues. Undocumented immigrants pay in state and local taxes either through property tax, income tax through deductions from their paychecks or through the purchase of goods or services. If all these immigrants were given legal status, the amount of state and local taxes collected could increase by billions each year.
Lastly, the main issue is the cost of massive deportation. Studies indicate that any such effort would come at an enormous cost. Economist Douglas Holts-Eakin, conducted a study on the cost of mass deportation. Even the most conservative estimates for example finding, apprehending, detaining, processing and transporting the undocumented immigrants could cause a setback to the country’s economy. If mass deportations were to happen, the labor force would severely shrink. This could cause a $1.6 billion reduction in the GDP (Gross Domestic Product). Removing so many undocumented immigrants can be excessively costly and morally unsustainable, and could devastate the nation. In the Chicago council on global affairs their article “Bipartisan Support for Path to Citizenship for Unauthorized Immigrants” stated that 65 percent of Americans support putting unauthorized immigrants on a pathway to citizenship. According to Philip Wolgin, this could add trillions to the GDP, and increase the earnings of all Americans by $625 billion and create 145,000 new jobs each year.
When it comes to the way forward for immigration policy, the choice is pretty clear. United States of America should grant illegal immigrants the opportunity to achieve the American dream. After all the struggles and sacrifices they have to overcome to be in this land of freedom. They also contribute positively to the economy; it is something that many do not realize apart from stereotyping them for murderers, rapist, basically criminals. They not only work hard to survive in a foreign land but they also create jobs for others including US citizens. Finally most people have an idea of the amount of illegal immigrants living in this country; it is not a small portion, but an amount that can cause an enormous cost to the country if deportation were to happen. Let them have their American Dream because they deserve it; just like any other American citizen they are fighting to succeed and achieve their American dream.