Welcome to The Times in Plain English   Click to listen highlighted text! Welcome to The Times in Plain English

Immigrants Add Value to the American Economy

November 5, 2012
Plain English Version

For years many Americans thought immigrants displaced American workers. They were partly right. Some Americans without a high school degree had to compete with undocumented workers.

That is not, however, the whole story. Experts now say that immigrants improve the economy. They do it by giving employers a new source of labor. This means that employers will invest in their businesses and reduce the price of their goods and services. In other words, immigrants help grow the economy.

How does this happen in the face of deeply held views that immigrants hurt the economy? When businesses grow they need more workers for supervision, sales and management. New immigrants have lower language skills and education. Companies hiring immigrants grow and then hire better paid domestic workers.

Experts say these workers go to bank jobs, cashiers, waiters or sales clerks. Immigrants get manual labor jobs. The whole exchange leads to growth in the economy.

Immigrants also keep jobs in the United States. Without their labor, more farm goods would come from foreign growers.

In an economic downturn most people suffer including immigrants, some of whom are now leaving the United States. An expert said, “If some firms do not expand because this labor is not there, they will create less jobs for native workers.”

The New York Times

Print Friendly

In Brief

Sitting, Standing, Moving: The Road to Health 

At some jobs, you stand all day. At some other jobs, you are sitting at a desk. Whether standing or sitting, eight hours of...

Protecting the Unborn and Newborn From Asthma

The number of people with asthma is growing. About 300 million people worldwide have it. About 26 million people in America have it. Only...

Too Many Antibiotics Can Make Children Heavier

Children who use a lot of antibiotics gain more weight than others. The weight they gain may stay with them into adulthood.

A study of...

Enemy of the Day: Sugar

The U.S. government is saying how much sugar we should consume. They suggest that only 10 percent of the average person’s calories should come...


  • dictionary
  • English Dictionary

Double click on any word on the page or type a word:

Powered by DictionaryBox.com
Click to listen highlighted text!