Video: The U.S. is worse for immigrants than immigrants are for the U.S.

Protester holds sign: Ours is a country of immigrants

Via Mother Jones

Confusing, right? We are so used to listening to rhetoric about how immigrants are bad for our country that we never consider whether their lives here are worth all the sacrifices so many make to come to our country.

The Daily Show does a great piece here on what academics call the “immigrant paradox,” wherein immigrants tend to have better health outcomes than their native-born counterparts. In fact, their health tends to decline the longer they stay here, and continues to worsen with each generation (of course, I don’t agree with the fat-shaming definition of “health” that’s used in this video). So maybe, coming to the U.S. hurts immigrants way more than the U.S. hurts from accepting new residents.

Oh wait, the U.S. actually benefits from immigration. Aasif Mandvi points out that immigrants make significant contributions to the economy, often putting in more than they take out. I guess immigration is really only a bummer for the immigrants then.

Mandvi ends his skit with the following question, “Are you sure [our biggest problem] is illegals? Because it might be…..reactionary, fear-based rhetoric and the inability to come up with middle of the road solutions for complex problems.” Aaaaand yes. He might be right.

 

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Juliana is a writer, a speaker, and a consultant. Her blogging work focuses on feminist and racial justice movements lead by Latinas throughout the Americas, touching on issues such as environmental justice, immigration, colonization, land rights and indigenous movements. She has been a regular Contributor to Feministing since Spring of 2013, and also been published on the Huffington Post, Mic, and the Feminist Wire. Juliana studied Latin American and Latinx Studies at the University of California and is now based in the Bay Area where she has worked with various organizations on social media and communications strategy. In her free time, she likes to dance salsa and tango and practice Portuguese with her cousins via Skype.

Juliana is a Latina feminist writer and digital communications specialist living in California.

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