Are Immigration Policies Good?
The issue of immigration has become controversial in the United States. It is one of the key points that presidential hopefuls have to address to appeal to U.S voters. Most people assert that the American immigration system is broken and in need of an overhaul. Current estimates of illegal immigrants in the U.S stand at 11 million (OECD). Most employers prefer them because they do not demand the high wages legal aliens and Americans demand. The Obama administration has given most of the undocumented immigrants a path to American citizenship because they believe they have a significant role to play in the American economy (OECD). However, some issues such as the denial of government benefits to legal aliens threaten to erode the belief in the American system. Some of the immigrants feel betrayed by such acts of oppression. Therefore, this paper analyzes the issue of immigration in America in the premises of the story “Two Ways to Belong,” by Bharati Mukherjee. The paper argues that instituting such laws is wrong and robs legal immigrants of their right and betrays the foundations of this country.
Many people believe that immigration results in an influx of low-skilled workers. Most employers prefer these low skilled workers because they demand low wages, unlike American citizens that demand high salaries. Therefore, most American citizens lack jobs because of the immigrants. However, it should be noted that immigrants comprise more than 12 percent of the American population (OECD). In this respect, they have a significant effect on the American economy. A look at the character of Mira and Bharati reveals that both characters are an important part of the labor market. Mira has made significant contributions to the American education sector. She has improved the American pre-school system (Mukherjee). Bharati, on the other end, is a renowned writer (Mukherjee). Both immigrants have made a significant contribution to the American economy, just like the other millions of immigrants. As shown in “Two Ways to Belong” immigrants bring a diverse set of skills and educational backgrounds that benefit America as a whole. Most of the have advanced degrees. According to studies, more that 1.9 percent of the immigrants have Ph.D., and doctorates (OECD). Despite this contribution, the immigrants do no take away jobs from Americans. Many entrepreneurial immigrants have created companies and provided jobs to thousands of Americans