Trump says goodbye to more than 200,000 immigrants
Immigrants play a significant role in our economy. In fact, about 17% or 27 million of the 160 million people in the American labor force is made up of immigrants from all over the world. However, what if I told you that more than 200,000 people are going to be taken out of that labor force. That is exactly what happened recently when president Trump abolished the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for more than 200,000 immigrants alone from El Salvador and still many more from other countries. Now the real question is if this is the right move to make on an economic standpoint. Although Trump may believe that this was a good decision to make, the abolishment of the TPS for Salvadorans was an extremely poor choice for the economy.
The Temporary Protected Status was a program that temporarily protected immigrants from Central American countries and some Middle Eastern countries from deportation. However, immigrants from El Salvador benefited from this the most since they have a significant amount of immigrants come into the U.S. due to a substantial earthquake there in 2001. As you can see from the graph, immigrants from El Salvador makes up more than 50% of people benefiting from the TPS. A majority of those immigrants are currently living in Los Angeles, Houston, and New York, which are the most populated cities in America. Unfortunately, now that this luxury for Salvadorans was destroyed, they only have one year to leave the U.S. unless they find a legal way to stay.
The main reason why terminating the TPS was a poor choice is that the labor force will take a large toll which will greatly impact our economy. As I mentioned earlier, immigrants make up a huge part in our labor force so if a large amount of them were to leave, then the economy as well as GDP could see a tremendous decrease. Since most immigrants work in manufacturing or construction, the labor force will see a large decrease in the amount of people working in those fields. This would extremely affect our economy since our largest exports are industry and manufacturing so if we were to lose a large amount of employees in those areas, then you would expect to see a decrease in GDP. Additionally, the economy would go into a recession if there was a high unemployment rate, specifically in industry and manufacturing areas. This would cause the economy to be more expansionary to try and prevent high unemployment. This would force them to decrease reserves, decreases interest rates, and purchase more bonds into order to increase the money supply.
In sum, the abolishment of the TPS will not benefit the U.S. economy whatsoever. In the end, our GDP will most likely decrease which may lead to a recession in our economy. So why would Trump do this? Is it because he doesn’t know the possible long term effects? Or maybe he just doesn’t care, but that is just one problem we need to deal with since he is the president and the boss of this country. All in all, I wish the best the Salvadorans and other nation affected by the extermination of the TPS.
“Frequently Requested Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the United States.” Migrationpolicy.org, 6 Apr. 2017, www.migrationpolicy.org/article/frequently-requested-statistics-immigrants-and-immigration-united-states.
“White House Says 200,000 Salvadoreans Must Leave the US.” BBC News, BBC, 8 Jan. 2018, www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-42613178.