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Immigration strengthens the American economy

America would simply not be the same without the generations of individuals who come here from other countries. Immigrants, both legal and undocumented, help keep the American economy afloat. Many do jobs others would scoff at, and most are hardworking individuals looking for a better life.

There are many ways that immigrants help America grow, and because of that, it's also an immigrant's right to have legal protections in the country. If your rights are being violated, then you can seek out protection with the help of an attorney. If you're here while undocumented, you still have rights. There may even be ways to help you get a visa and stay in the country legally.

Why are immigrants so important to the United States?

Immigrants are more likely to create their own jobs than others, and their businesses create jobs for American workers. Immigrants make up around 18 percent of all small business owners in the United States.

Immigrants also hold high positions as innovators, scientists and engineers. Some of the best and brightest among the people of the United States were not born here. In fact, 24 percent of physical scientists are immigrants, and 33 percent of engineers are immigrants.

Immigrants also help boost the demand for local goods. When there are more people in an area, the economy has a higher demand. That demand creates jobs and brings in consumer goods, helping boost economies all around. According to statistics from 2012, Latino and Asian immigrants will have a purchasing power of $1.5 trillion and $775 billion respectively by 2015. That's a large amount of money to pour into the American economy.

Immigration changes the landscape of America. As an immigrant, you have every right to want to be here. Don't let yourself be treated unfairly. You have rights regardless of how you arrived in America.

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