Stolen American Dreams

I find this video very powerful as it brings up both sides into perspective: the immigrant side and the American side. As immigrants, it is really hard to put ourselves into the shoes of American people. The reality is that with over 12 million illegal immigrants in this country, and with numbers increasing by the thousands every day, Americans are being deprived from their American dream. There are 150 countries around the world which each has less population than the amount of illegal immigrants in the USA.

Companies are not hiring illegal immigrants just because they are better workers than Americans; the main reason is because immigrants are willing to take the same jobs for less pay. I cannot imagine having to compete for a job with 12 million people where what matters the most is what I am willing to take as pay. You might wonder how illegal immigrants can afford to take a low paying job; here is the answer: because of their immigration status their goal is to make as much money as possible and send it back to their country so they can go back and start a new life. It is normal to see large number of people living in a small apartment, maybe up to 10 in a 2 bedroom apartment. They have no incentive to live in better conditions as they can be deported anytime. If you do the math, a $500 apartment will cost each person $50 a month plus utilities.

So, ā€œWhat we have here is a failure to communicate.ā€ Because companies are in for the money, they do not care about who they hire; they are looking at their bottom line. It is only natural to blame illegal immigration for all the problems but who is incentivizing these people? The government plays a big role here too, they are not doing anything! We need workers coming here legally, employers hiring legal immigrants, and our government implementing an immigrant worker program as well as enforcing the law not only with illegal immigrants but with companies hiring people illegally.

Now, who is stealing the American dream from US Citizens?

About Alberto Galdamez
Alberto Galdamez, a United States citizen formerly from El Salvador, shares his success story from being an immigrant to reaching the American dream. His purpose is to encourage immigrants to integrate to the American culture.

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