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Clyde Dowell

Professor Watkins

Comp 2

3/12/2018

The Benefits of Immigration to America

As a nation who was built on the backs of immigrants, it is interesting to see many

Americans turning theirs on a resource that was once considered vital to our country. In many

ways, Immigrants have shaped our country into what it is today. Through advances in science

and culture, we have seen our diversity flourish through out our nations history thanks to those

who have been considered less desirable. In recent years cries for a halt on immigration have

arisen due to terrorism, drug trafficking, and violence. However, immigration is more important

to us as a nation than the problems are detrimental. So why is immigration so important?

Immigration is Vital to the United States because of its benefits to our culture, economy, and our

humanity.

First, Culturally, we have been molded by our diversity over the last two centuries. This

is thanks to the millions of people who seek and act on opportunity granted by our democratic

system. In auditory and visual mediums of art, this conglomeration of cultural diversity truly

shows the potential immigration has to positively impact society. “Some immigrants, and their

children in particular, are inspired by the possibility for innovative expression in American arts,

culture, and pastimes” (Hirschman). This inspiration, along with their diversity, drives them to

create cultural extremities in arts that are more likely to last due to their unique aspects.
Lasting change is what shapes culture, science, and art over time. Immigrants are

especially good at formulating beneficial changes that outlast lesser innovations. This is thanks

to a few select advantages they have over native United States citizens. “These advantages

include: a resilience and determination to succeed, a curiosity and openness to innovation born of

marginality, and an attraction to high-risk pursuits (because conventional careers are less open to

them)” (Hirschman). Because immigrants are more susceptible to innovation naturally, it is vital

that America recognize and exercise their potential.

Our opportunity value as a nation is unmatched almost anywhere else in the world. Since

many immigrants would gladly take advantage of this value, it is in our best interest as a nation

to let them. Americas atmosphere of innovation inspires and draws in great minds from all over

the world. Those that are inspired by hope and innovation are the ones who are most likely to put

forth effort to meet these breakthroughs. Therefore, we as a nation could greatly benefit from the

cultural and scientific breakthroughs that these ‘outsiders’ are eager to produce. Apart from

breakthroughs in science in culture, Immigrants also offer benefits to our economy.

Second, the benefits that immigrants offer our economy outweigh the fears and social

stigma attached to them. “Immigrants increase economic efficiency by reducing labor shortages

in low- and high-skilled markets because their educational backgrounds fill holes in the native-

born labor market” (Furchtgott-roth). Due to their different preferences in labor, Immigrants are

able to perform jobs that non-immigrants would rather not do. This is a benefit to both parties

because American natives generally prefer jobs that immigrants would rather not do. This

symbiosis creates higher wages for everyone in both the high and low labor sectors. The

advantages that labor specialization brings opens up more opportunities to create businesses, thus

raising the GDP.


Newly created businesses are an excellent way to improve the economy by creating jobs,

and generating revenue, “and immigrants found new companies in America at greater rates than

do the native-born” (Furchtgott-roth). The entrepreneurial spirit of immigrants is higher than the

average native born American. This is due to their differing circumstance and culture.

Immigrants are usually more accepting of uncertainty and are willing to take more risks to better

themselves as they have already experienced extreme change by immigrating. Many times,

immigration is even necessary for survival.

Finally, as a nation that has enjoyed overwhelming success and abundance, we should be

morally obligated to accept those in extreme circumstance where even survival is no guarantee.

We are a nation of immigrants. Beginning with the Declaration of Independence, which was

declared in part because King George III was restricting immigration to the colonies, Americans

have struggled with migration” (Stracka). We, as a nation, should be willing to use our

abundance of resource to help those that do not have the same liberties as us; “…many

immigrants are deprived of the protections of the Constitution” (Stracka). If we truly wish to

remain a shining beacon of hope across the globe, we should take greater measures to protect its

inhabitants. America has long been a nation of acceptance; and was founded on that idea. Our

heritage has been formed over many years or change and immigration, and it is our duty to keep

that tradition strong.

In conclusion, our culture, economy, and morals, could be drastically improved with the

allowance of more lenient immigration reform. Immigrants have long been doing justice to

American culture in all aspects. They have made leaps and bounds in arts and sciences across the

country. Immigration stands to increase our economy and GDP with increased labor

specialization and entrepreneurial action. And does justice to our humanity by serving as a
refuge to those who have been distressed by unsolvable circumstance. As the strongest nation in

world, we must continue our legacy and evolve as the needs of the world change.
Bibliography

Furchtgott-roth, Dianna. “The Economic Benefits of Immigration.” Manhattan Institute,

Manhattan Institue, 8 Mar. 2016, www.manhattan-institute.org/html/economic-benefits-

immigration-5712.html.

Stracka, Daniel. “Why Immigration Is a Moral Issue.” UU World Magazine, Unitarian

Universalist Association, 15 Apr. 2015, www.uuworld.org/articles/immigration-moral-

issue.

Hirschman, Charles. “The Contributions of Immigrants to American Culture.” Daedalus, U.S.

National Library of Medicine, 8 July 2013,

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3856769/.