Many politicians and Americans complain about undocumented workers without realizing that undocumented workers contribute to our country’s economic growth and stability. In “Undocumented Workers” the author discusses facts and biases surrounding the United States’ undocumented worker debate. The author briefly discussed and debunked the myths and prejudice assumptions associated with undocumented workers. One of the main strengths of the article was that the author successfully illustrated how undocumented workers are beneficial, rather than detrimental to America’s economy.
One point that the author used to support his position was the fact that undocumented workers, work low wage and undesirable jobs that most Americans do not work such as harvesting crops and manufacturing. Thus undocumented workers save industries from worker shortages, which would have adverse effects on the economy. The author also noted that undocumented workers are not economic burdens because they pay into the social security system and pay taxes, which strengthens the U. S. economy. Although the author makes valid points that attest to the benefits of undocumented workers there are a few weaknesses in the author’s argument.
One of the weaknesses in the author’s argument is that he fails to stress the dangers that undocumented workers pose when it comes to obtaining documents. In most cases undocumented workers use illegal means to gain documents, which involves using social security numbers and identities of American citizens, which has both criminal and economic consequences. Overall the author successfully proved that undocumented workers are beneficial to America because they contribute to our economy by paying taxes and preventing worker shortages, which debunks the myth that undocumented workers are getting a free ride.