Counterpoint: The Failure of Immigration Restrictions

Pearson, John
December 2019
Points of View: Immigration Restrictions;12/30/2019, p6
This article presents an argument on the failure of United States immigration restrictions. One of the last bastions of racism and elitism, the hodgepodge of restrictions in the U.S. at the turn of the twenty-first century turns millions of U.S. workers into criminals due to illegal entry. Businesses suffer as they cannot hire obviously qualified personnel for positions often refused by Americans. Alarmists decree that the country is soon to become overtaken by Hispanics or Asians, and call for language restrictions to require English, ignoring the evidence that immigration spreads American influence throughout the world, and that population growth aided by immigration keeps this country's economy afloat. The traditional political approach to the conundrum of immigrants fueling the national economy while causing some disruption of local social structures in the U.S. has been inaction. Immigrants without access to work permits or visas are open to exploitation, and are often denied many of the rights, protections and benefits accorded to most U.S. citizens, including safe working environments and Social Security benefits.


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