Stealers of the Unwanted Lands

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Undocumented Immigrants working under the sizzling sun.

In the United States alone there are about 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants since 2014. Citizens have stated that they feel that illegal immigrants are taking away their jobs. This is an ongoing discussion that has been argued over and over again. Coming from a background of immigrant parents and being an immigrant myself, there are lots of hardships. I cannot imagine the fear in which these undocumented immigrants may be facing. The fear of being caught be a police officer or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is a terrifying thought. The idea of not being able to even freely go into a store to get essential items is alarming.

These immigrants do not come to the US just because; there is a reason why they are leaving their home countries. Some leave because the authority and government in their countries are corrupt. Some leave because of natural disasters that occurred in their home countries. Others leave because of poverty, hunger, persecution, discrimination, civil war, unemployment and education. They come to this country to try to find the “American Dream.”

nytm070906These undocumented immigrants obtain jobs that are considered to be low-skilled and low-paying jobs. A list of some of the jobs these illegal immigrants are willing to do in crisis are the following: agriculture, butlers, maids, forestry, factory, farming, babysitting, cleaning, fishing, clothing manufacture and roofing. Farms are a primary example to show that the United States depend on these unauthorized immigrants, since Americans have moved away from the agriculture and growing crops. For instances, Jose Antonio Vargas has shared his story publicly on his life as an undocumented immigrant from the Philippines.

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Immigrants working while risking their lives under terrible conditions.

“There are believed to be 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. We’re not always who you think we are. Some pick your strawberries or care for your children. Some are in high school or college. And some, it turns out, write news articles you might read. I grew up here. This is my home.”

Jose Antonio Vargas

Yes, some may sound interested or think that “it’s okay” until they realize that these company owners are not willing to pay at least minimum wage. On top of the surface it may seem as these illegal immigrants are stealing the American’s jobs but the under surface is a much larger picture. These job stealers, as some may consider them to be, are the reasons why the United States economy is stable. They are working their tails off under the hot blazing sun in California, Florida, Arizona and Texas. These are jobs that are not appealing to stuck up standard Americans. If they are not willing to do these jobs why bother them? What harm are they causing you if they are helping one’s economy? Come on America, open your eyes and stop blaming others for taking the positions that are unwanted by many.

 

References:

Baragona, Steve. “US Farmers Depend on Illegal Immigrants.” VOA. Voice Of America, 11 Aug. 2010. Web. 29 Apr. 2016.
Krogstad, Jens M., and Jeffrey S. Passel. “5 Facts about Illegal Immigration in the U.S.” Pew Research Center RSS. 19 Nov. 2015. Web. 29 Apr. 2016.
Vargas, Jose Antonio. “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 22 June 2011. Web. 29 Apr. 2016.

 

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