Employers demand cheap labour. Undocumented workers are plentiful, cheap and do not require benefits. They also pay into Social Security and will never recieve one dime back.
We need immigration reform in this country that allows those that are already working and contributing to our economy the opprotunity to work legally without fear of deportation yet demands that they return to their native country.
My family has sponsored an individual and his wife. Both are now citizens and their children were born here. The family owns land and a business the children are either in college or have already graduated.
A son is serving in the US Army as an officer.
I personally know of more than a few undocumented workers that were given a fast track to citzenship after joining the Army.
Our immigrations laws are outdated and do not address the current needs of this country. Shalom
Couple of counter points for you.
-Unskilled laborers enters the country unskilled and take unskilled positions. Who would get those jobs if they weren't already taken? Unskilled teens and college students. Both parties leverage that unskilled beginning into skills to better themselves down the road. We have to manage the rate unskilled immigrants enter the country to prevent what we have going on now. That is american youth having a hard time getting a job. There isn't any jobs americans wont do and is a big lie foisted off on the country.
-Paying into social security? I guess you don't pay to much attention to what is going on. Immigrants are not being denied social security or other government hand outs. They take out way more in benefits then they put in. Immagrate here legally at 65 and bang, you are on social security. Immagrate here at 25 with 6 kids and bang, your kids are in school. A K-12 education takes about 150k per kid in Oregon. In our state social services are going broke handing out all this money and so they keep wanting to jack up tax revenue to pay for it. The biggest users of social services are immigrants and we don't even know their immigration status because the state refuses to ask.
-I agree our immigration laws need a serious overhaul.
Now to the OP.
In the past our immigration policy has been pretty wide open, as said, we had a lot of space that needed filling. Now we need to control the rate at which immigration occurs. Why? We need to give our citizens first crack at opportunities and backfill what's left from outside the country. With fast growth there is a lot of opportunities for all, with slow growth there isn't enough to go around and growth has slowed. That's for skilled and unskilled workers.
We also can't afford to keep bringing in those that are close or already at retirement age and feeding them benefits. Again, there's only so much money available to dole out. We need those paying into the system, not those taking from the system.
Immigrants need to be brought in at a rate no faster than can be assimilated into our culture. When brought in to fast they don't assimilate at all but instead stay off to the side and create little "China, Mexico, Somalia, whatever" ethnic group they are. This creates divisiveness, they don't learn english, there is tension between groups and they follow the laws of their native country, not US law. This isn't good for anyone.