As the current administration continues to pursue anti-immigration policies, it is important to remember that immigrants are not the only people harmed by these restrictions. Anti-immigration laws impact the livelihood of every American.
The Economic Cost of Anti-Immigration Policies
Immigrants are crucial to the economic health of the country. According to a recent report from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the immigrant population provides a workforce that allows the United States to increase the value of goods and services we provide every year, also known as the gross domestic product (GDP). Without this workforce, the country cannot replenish an aging or shrinking workforce.
The NAS report also describes the entrepreneurial contributions that immigrants make to the American economy and workforce. To put it in perspective, a study of 87 startups, each valued at $1 billion or more, found that more than half of these had at least one immigrant founder. Though difficult to quantify, the innovation and technological advancements that immigrants contribute undoubtedly benefit the American economy. Anti-immigration policies will deplete the country’s workforce and negatively impact the economy.
The Civil Cost of Laws Restricting Immigration
Legislation designed to arrest, deport, and restrict entry to immigrants infringes upon the civil liberties of American citizens. Americans lose their freedom to interact with immigrants under such policies and immigration enforcement often involves profiling.
Misconceptions About Immigration
When addressing anti-immigration policies, it is important to dispel common misconceptions about immigrants and their role in this country. One of the most common myths about immigrants in America is that they increase the cost of welfare spending. However, data shows that welfare costs are unaffected by immigrant communities and the diversity of a population.
Studies also show that immigrants have a lower crime rate than natives. Anti-immigration sentiment is also rooted in fears, not information. Certain Americans opposed to immigration fear that immigrants will not assimilate, or will negatively impact public policy.
Philadelphia Citizenship Lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C. Defend Immigrant Rights
Restrictions aimed at arresting and deporting immigrants can be daunting, but it is important to know that every person in the United States has rights, regardless of their immigration status. Philadelphia citizenship lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C. are available to guide you through the immigration process and protect the rights of you and your family. Contact a Philadelphia immigration lawyer at our offices at 215-925-4435 or contact us online.
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