The Freedom of Movement

The United States is a melting pot. It was founded by a group of diverse immigrants who were trying to escape the religious persecution all over Europe, as well as, many others who were looking for new economic benefits from this, “promise land.” It is ironic, today, when we complain about immigration because everyone who lives in this country is of immigrant descent, with the exception of Native Americans. The reasons that immigrants come to America are similar to the reasons of our ancestors; religious freedom, escape from poverty or oppression, and to make a better life for themselves and their families. In reality it would hurt the United States to have closed borders because of how much immigration actually benefits Americans. Immigrants improve our economic system and are law-abiding citizens. The freedom of movement is part of fundamental human liberty therefore it would be anti-liberty to restrict immigration.

In contrast to popular belief, immigration is actually economically benefiting the U.S. Recent studies have shown that, “Immigrants add about $10 billion each year to the U.S. economy.” Embracing more flexible immigration policies would improve America’s debt which is $19 trillion and constantly rising. One of the reasons immigration is boosting our economy is the diversity that immigration brings which enhances the workplace with new perspectives and ideas. Current, thriving countries have knowledge-intensive economies. Immigrants also reduce labor shortages in low and high skilled markets. However, there is still a shortage of workers because of the limited number of work visas distributed each year. If immigration increased, the American work force would increase and that would allow for new business start-ups.

A common argument against immigration is immigrants increase crime rates, however, the studies of criminality and incarceration rates show that the U.S born incarceration rate is 3.51% and the foreign born incarceration rate is only 0.86%. This statistic was found from multiple sources, such as, The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), Immigration and Intergenerational Mobility in Metropolitan Los Angeles (IIMMLA) survey, the Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study (CILS),  and the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health). This may be hard to believe because of the high census of Hispanic crimes but restrictionists are blaming Hispanics as a whole for crimes committed by American-born Hispanics. Immigration is not causing high crime rates of 2nd and 3rd generation “immigrants.” In fact, illegal immigrants themselves are very careful when it comes to the law because of fear of getting deported.

What right does America have to tell immigrants that they cannot live here and find a better life for themselves when that is exactly what every single one of our ancestors did. As proven, open borders would help the U.S with improving the constantly increasing debt and the shortage of workers, all while not raising crime rates. It is simply anti-liberty to not allow human beings to move as they please and escape persecution, poverty, oppression, and many more tragedies in their own home land. The first amendment includes freedom of movement, why shouldn’t foreigners get the same rights and respect?

 

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