Aliens in the U.S.

Are they hurting or helping?

Are immigrants taking American jobs?

Some say yes, but other say no. Out of the 11 million illigal imigrants, 8.4 million are employed in the U.S. This is representing 5.2 percent of the U.S. labor force (Goodman, 2014). They are taking naive american jobs. The decline in work of native-born in the past 14 years, with more immigration is causing less employment for natives (Zeiglet, 2014). Between 2008 and 2014 three million immigrants got jobs while natives holding jobs decreased by 3.4 (Zeiglet, 2014). With Americans, immigrants workers help them because they don't do the same jobs as them, complimenting their work and helping their business. It also helps them because they have more workers and is expanding the job opportunities (Looney,2013). But other say that they are because they are taking jobs under the market price, pushing down the wedges of local workers (Looney, 2013).

Are Immigrants paying taxes?

11.4 million undocumented immigrants are paying $11.84 billions to state and local taxes in 2012 ("Undocumented Immigrants' State and Local Tax", 2015). From this if they worked legally than their tax contribution would increase by 2 billion ("Undocumented Immigrants' State and Local Tax", 2015). A study from the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy shows that undocumented immigrants paid $8.4 billion in sales taxes, $1.6 billion in property taxes, and $1.2 billion in personal income taxes last year. The study also estimates that nearly half of all undocumented immigrants pay income taxes ("Undocumented Immigrants paid", 2013).

How has immigration effected the U.S. Economy?