If you want to see the impact that immigration has on the United States, you can consider it from many different angles. Immigrants create jobs. They boost the economy. They contribute to society in terms of art, culture and religion. They really make the United States what it is today.
One key thing that they do, though, is contribute massively to the population of young children in the U.S. For instance, did you know that about 25% of kids who are 7 years old and younger are the children of immigrants? They may be U.S. citizens themselves, having been born here, but their parents immigrated from another country. As the first generation to be born in the U.S., they find themselves in a unique position.
This can be good in many ways. They grow up with languages, culture and technology that their parents never had. They fit in more easily in the United States and do not have to overcome some of the same hurdles that their parents faced. In fact, many parents say that they wanted to immigrate not for themselves, but specifically to give their children the best possible chance at a new life.
Unfortunately, there are always downsides. Some reports show that these kids face discrimination in school. This can be difficult and confusing for them. They feel like Americans. They’ve never lived anywhere else or known anything else. And yet they still get discriminated against based on their parents’ country of origin.
These are all things that people need to consider, along with their legal options, when considering immigration in 2019.