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The effects that immigration has on the United States are limitless There have been endless debates over these effects since as early as the colonial times The economic fiscal and demographic effects are three major topics that tend to rule these debates Based on both positive and negative effects immigration has on the economical fiscal and demographic sides of the United States one can conclude that immigration is good but should be limited The effect of immigration on the economy is a major topic discussed among much of the nation It is said to have both positive and negative effects that cancel each other out Many agree that immigration brings a gain to the economy James Smith gives an explanation of how the immigrants increase the economy yet still may have negative effects for some people At the most basic level immigrants increase the supply of labor and help produce new goods and services But since they are paid less than the total value of these new goods and services domestic workers as a group must gain On the production side immigration allows domestic workers to be used more productively specializing in producing goods at which they are relatively more efficient Specialization in consumption also yields gain Even when the economy as a whole gains however there may be losers as well as gainers among different groups of United States residents 4 Some argue that while immigrants help the growth of the United States economy the effect is very small According to David Lagesse a recent study says immigrants contribute as much as 10 billion in economic growth each year largely because they help keep prices lower But the effect is small on a United States economy that produces nearly 8 trillion 1 It has also been argued that the poverty rate of the United States has been negatively effected by immigration Peter Brimelow agrees saying because many immigrants are relatively unskilled their poverty
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