Immigrants play a large role in the U.S. economy, and help to design electronics, staff research labs, care for children and harvest food. The United States undoubtedly benefits from the work of these individuals, but many people do not realize that working in the U.S. also helps improve the quality of life for those in immigrants’ home countries. These workers send money back to their families, who in turn are able to live a better life, according to the Los Angeles Times.
As both the country of origin and the United States benefit from this transaction, experts caustic partisan debate for the delay in comprehensive immigration reform. With the critical role that immigrant populations played in the 2012 presidential election, immigration reform is now more important than ever, the source reported.
“Immigrants operate on supply and demand, like everything else,” S. Lynne Walker, vice president of the Institute of the Americas, told the L.A. Times. “Even in the midst of economic crises, many agricultural, construction and hard-labor jobs are going unfilled. Really and truly, Americans don’t want to be out in the hot sun picking fruits and vegetables and carrying crates on their shoulders.”
As the U.S. secures its borders and combats the anti-immigrant mindsets of many lawmakers and citizens, local employers who rely on foreign workers are suffering from a loss of manpower. A comprehensive immigration reform program hopes to create more legal work opportunities and easier access to U.S. visas for the foreign workers who are vital to the economy.
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