Why would immigrants risk and drop everything they have to come to America? Simple, the answers are; education for their children and employment to provide for their families. Immigrants have made drastic changes in the U.S. workforce.

According to GCIR(Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees), the number of immigrants in the United States is roughly 43 million as of 2010. 13 million being illegal immigrants with about 7 million holding low wage jobs.

Nearly all of undocumented residents have little education, which limits their job capabilities. They often are competing with others in areas of hard, physical labor. Research says their willingness to move from place to place and adaptability in changing occupations, for example; construction to agriculture, raises their chances tremendously in employment. This structural demand theory states that simple willingness to work undesirable jobs, rather than for unusually low wages, is what gives illegal immigrants their employment.

There is a major back and forth dispute in America concerning the phrase, “they take jobs that nobody wants.” In arguments, many Americans would claim they would take these underpaying, back-breaking jobs, but is it true? Maybe to an extent.

In Alabama 2011, agriculture officials were desperate to keep farms operating after the state’s new immigration law chased away illegal labor. The state unemployment rate was nearly 9.3%, yet they were still unable to find legal residents to fill all the employment gaps. Bret Hall from the Alabama Department of Agriculture said, “Agriculture positions pay well above minimum wage, but many Americans find them too “physically taxing” to perform.”

From facts and statistics, it is very well proven that America benefits hugely due to efforts of immigrant labor. My employer once told me that it is sad to know good people who work jobs none would dare having. They are happily pushing forward while many are still unemployed. Now get up, and find yourself a job.