Latinos Within The Economy, Immigration, and Job Environment

A rising topic that has been among the media and newspaper throughout the years is about how Latinos have been taking “American-born” jobs and how they are negatively impacting everything behind it. When people speak of immigrants taking American jobs, it is nothing new to any of us I would assume because I am sure that one has at least heard about this type of problem in the past. As known throughout the United States, statistically speaking, Latinos and Blacks have one of the highest high school dropout compared to other type of races. With keeping this in mind, lots of these Latino dropouts usually want to find out the easy way out through life and sometimes this type of path is not really the best decision. When topics like these come up, people usually go with the first thing that they hear and it is for the most time something bad.

Immigrants, human beings, lose jobs and when losing a job pretty much goes downhill for them. Properly speaking, they are considered as “illegal aliens” which makes it almost impossible for them to work because they legally do not have a social security and papers. In the article, Surge in Latino homeless population ‘a whole new phenomenon’ for Los Angeles, Esmeralda and Ruben speak about, “Those lacking legal status are more vulnerable these days as they struggle to find work and avoid public assistance, which they fear could flag them for eventual deportation.” An example that depicts this is, Mario Martinez, a 48-year-old man who came to the United States from Guatemala at the age of the 17, lost his job as a manager at a fabric and textile warehouse. After facing this lost, it was difficult for him to get back on his feet because he does not have any papers nor a social security to work legally. He fortunately did have a part-time job which he is hoping that it will get him back on his feet. Hope is just one part of the equation.

Next, as it has been widely known there has always been immigrants in the United States, a topic has been brought upon recently on how immigrants affect American jobs and the economy . The public usually sees as if immigrants are acquiring more work and jobs in comparison to the “Native” born person. A concept that many people do not understand is that immigrants are in fact creating more opportunities to where American-born workers are benefiting from it. Moreover, as the President Donald Trump states alternative facts about immigrants and Latinos, Giovanni Peri, an economics professor at the University of California, Davis, states otherwise. He says, “More construction workers, generates the need for more supervisors, more managers to coordinate them, more contractors to give them work.” In one aspect to this, construction is one of the jobs that Latinos are starting to be a little more well-known to this day. From the work that they do for the job itself, puts Americans in a position for better jobs that require more skill and better pay as well.

In the long run, American workers will eventually see the uprising within jobs, the economy, and more opportnities. In addition, when work is good, it means more money flowing into the economy and when this is happening the government is not necessarily complaining because money is what runs this country. Money talks. So, in contrast to what the President of the United States of America, I beg to differ with his opinion and what he has to say about Latinos especially in the negative aspect. Another misconception with the Latino worker is that not all Latinos are immigrants, most of Latino workers are in fact born in the U.S. Tanzina Vega states in the article, Most Latino Workers Born in U.S., Study Says, that “The flow of immigrants from Mexico, which brought 12 million people, most of whom entered illegally, to the United States in the last four decades, has stalled. From 2005 to 2010, 1.4 million Mexicans came to the United States, less than half the number that arrived from 1995 to 2000.” With less illegals coming in the U.S., it does not stop the fact that there is not a lot of Latinos in the country. The total opposite is happening, Vega also says, “From 2000 to 2010, 7.2 million Mexicans gave birth in the United States, compared with the 4.2 million who immigrated to the country.” To put it all together, the Latino birthrate remains higher than the national birthrate as a whole. More babies, more Latinos, it is simple math.

The topic about Latinos, immigrants, and employment is important because if no one steps up and takes a challenge to be able to educate those who might not know as much, are you just going to leave them by the curb? Would you like that for someone to do to you? It is something that everyone should be aware but not only Latinos, but minorities in general. With the first problem, how Latinos are losing jobs and not being able to contribute to the economy is important. One state that the economy gets most of their money can be considered California. California is one of the states that is also populated with the most immigrants. With California with the most immigrants, immigrants contribute a lot in a sense because they take jobs that help grow the economy for instance, agriculture workers, sewing machine operators, housekeepers, and many more. These types of jobs are jobs that get profited on the most, but they are also jobs that many Americans will not like to take out of their own will. Next, relating to the economy and jobs, immigrants are human beings just like me and you. They might not be here legally but they have needs and wants just like anyone else but difference is that they have a target on their backs. Lastly, these three articles relate to each other because the person who comes to play in this is our beloved President, Mr. Donald Trump who speaks upon false news in many things but specifically Latinos and immigrants. He has destroyed families by the decisions that he made till now whether it was the idea of building the wall, deportation, and etc. If immigrants, Latinos, and foreigners were not in this country, would it be the country that it now because immigrants/minorities are the ones who essentially built this country.

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