Abhi V. California

Immigrants: More Work Less Pay

Immigrants are really hard workers, but they get paid less than their native born counterparts who work less hard but get paid more than their peers.

Dear Mr. Trump,

I am a student of Quimby Oak Middle School in San Jose, California. There are many discussions about Syrian refugees and illegal immigrants across the United States. I wrote this letter about immigrants who get paid less for working really hard. I recently learned that Immigrants get paid less than their native born counterparts.

According to , documented immigrants get paid less than their native born counterparts. I feel this is wrong, because my parents are immigrants and I am not sure if they are getting paid less. A person’s salary should not be judged by where they came from They should be judged by the outcome of their work.

Many people and major businesses have been talking about this issue. Goldman Sachs says that immigrants are a huge chunk of America. They make up more than 20% of America's labor force. These undocumented and documented workers are aiding in the growth of our economy. Immigrants start more jobs and own more businesses according to Census Data.

Immigrants also have a lower unemployment rate of 4.3% whereas native born citizens have a higher unemployment of 4.9%. Immigrants make about $481 a week while native born counterparts make $837 a week even if they are in the same position at work and work at the same company. Policymakers say that immigrants are a major factor in the economy’s ability.

William Dudley is the president of the New York Federal Reserve. On August 18th he said, "If we were to allow more immigration into this country, of course that would augment the supply of labor so you could actually have more sturdy payroll gains." Dudley is not the only one who says this. According to Pew Research Center, immigrants have made up 40 to 50% of the population gains in recent years. All of these immigrants are very hard workers, but they get paid less than fellow peers. This is not fair and it should be fixed.


Abhi Vinnakota


Lobo School of Innovation

LSI World Arts

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