Immigration in the 21st Century
Even the authors of the Scriptures had different opinions about immigration. Matthew and Paul are two New Testament authors who each discuss the topic of immigration in their writings.
But there are proportionally fewer immigrants today than in 1890, when foreign-born residents comprised 15 percent of the population. Mexico is the most common country of origin for U.S. immigrants—constituting 25 percent of the immigrant population—but the proportion of immigrants from South and East Asia—who number about 27 percent—is on the rise. More than half of undocumented immigrants have lived in the United States for more than a decade; nearly one-third are the parents of U.S.-born children, according to the Pew Research Center. Central Americans seeking asylum, which is protected under U.S. law, make up a growing share of those who cross the U.S.-Mexico border. Some of these immigrants have different legal rights from Mexican nationals in the United States: under a 2008 anti–human trafficking law, unaccompanied minors from noncontiguous countries have a right to a hearing before being deported to their home countries. The spike in Central American migration has strained the U.S. immigration system, with more than one million cases pending in immigration courts.
The rough estimate from the department of immigration in the US stands at 44 million both legal and undocumented immigrants in the United States today (Borjas, 13). Immigration increases the supply of labor and consequently, keep the average wages from falling over a long-term. Due to immigration, the firms increase the investments due to increased labor supply. The increment in investment offsets any reduction in capital per working head. A research conducted by the US census bureau indicates that the immigrants are always considered imperfect substitutes for labor offered by the Native Americans in the labor markets. The implication is that they do not offer stiff competition to the Americas for the same jobs. As a result, there is a minimum pressure on the native wages (Ottaviano, 17).
America is “a nation that prides itself on fair treatment”, and it is useless to settle the society for anything less.
Borjas, George J. Heaven's door: Immigration policy and the American economy. Princeton University Press, (2011): 11-17
Furchtgott-Roth, Diana. "The economic benefits of immigration." Issue brief 18 (2013). Pp 4-6
Hanson, Gordon Howard. The economics and policy of illegal immigration in the United States. Washington, DC: Migration Policy Institute, (2010): 23-54
Ottaviano, Gianmarco IP, and Giovanni Peri. "Rethinking the effect of immigration on wages." Journal of the European economic association 10.1 (2012): 15-19.