The topic on the impact of illegal workers in the United States has stirred up debates among economists if the impacts are benefiting or hurting the economy. Furthermore, undocumented workers have caused competitive disadvantages among certain businesses, and ethical questions have risen over illegal laborers.
One major issue that has risen is if illegal workers are driving wages down? According to the New York Times, some economists suggest that undocumented workers take lower paying jobs while taking jobs away from American citizens. These economists also argue that as long as there are illegal workers willing to work for less, salaries will most likely decrease. “Labor economists have concluded that undocumented workers have lowered the wages of U.S. adults without a high-school diploma — 25 million of them — by anywhere between 0.4 to 7.4 percent” According to CNNMoney, illegal workers are taking jobs away from young and poor laborers. The article states that out of 100 new laborers, 85.5 of them are illegal workers causing dislocation among legal laborers.
In contrary, TIME magazine, the Brookings Institute determined that, “The most recent academic research suggests that, on average, immigrants raise the overall standard of living of American workers by boosting wages and lowering prices.” These economists suggest that illegal workers make domestic businesses more feasible, because the inexpensive work allows these businesses to compete with foreign competitors. Furthermore, illegal workers supply demand and create potential consumers for a business. In an article in CNNMoney, suggest that if there were no illegal workers the labor work force would decrease three to four percent. Furthermore, the United States economy thrives on illegal workers and skilled workers are dependent on illegal workers. According to a survey, 74 percent of American citizens believe that undocumented workers are using an excess amount of taxpayers’ money to use on government services in education, medical, and law enforcement services. However, the survey also showed that, 74 percent of American citizen thought that undocumented workers are taking low paying that American citizens would not do.
The next issue that economists are disagreeing on is; if illegal workers are actually contributing enough in taxes to return what they cost? Some economics suggest the increase amount of undocumented workers is increasing the cost on taxpayers for government expenses on education, medical services, and law enforcement. On the contrary, some economists argue that the United States economy depends on undocumented workers. These economists suggest that undocumented workers increase the economy by working for less while paying taxes and spending their earning.
How are some businesses going to compete against competitors that are hiring illegal workers? This is an issue that has increased among certain businesses. One article explains the concern has become a major issue...