Democrats Continue To Gain House Seats
As the 2018 Mid-term election continues, results are rolling in from each and every corner of the country, with the Democrat success rate within the House of Representatives rising to victory as voting comes to a close. "Democrats continued to expand their House majority over the weekend, with several key races decided in their favor” (Blaine and Agiesta, 2018). Democrats are defying the odds in this election, gaining the superior standing in counties that would normally identify as republican communities. "In California’s traditionally Republican Orange County, Democrats picked up three congressional seats, meaning the entire county will be represented by Democrats in Congress” (Blaine and Agiesta, 2018). Similar to Californian counties, votes in Utah have also leaned towards the Democratic side. "In the latest twist just before two long weeks of counting votes will officially end Tuesday, Democrat Ben McAdams regained his lead over GOP Rep. Mia Love. He now is ahead by 739 votes, or by a 50.14 percent to 49.86 percent margin, after updates posted Monday by Salt Lake and Utah counties” (Davidson, 2018). The change of representation across the country threatens to throw President Trump’s power into jeopardy.
While come January, Democrats will have taken the House of Representatives, Republicans have obtained more votes in the Senate. "In the Senate, Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson conceded on Sunday at the completion of a contentious recount in Florida, making Republican Gov. Rick Scott the winner of that closely watched contest. Scott’s victory brings the balance of power in the Senate come January to 52 seats for Republicans to 47 for Democrats” (Blaine and Agiesta,
2018). The final Senate race will be held in a runoff election on November 27th in Mississippi, as it is the only unresolved race.
Democrats continual gain of house seats has brought in a surge of power, as they will take the House of Representatives, "and with it, the ability to check President Trump’s power” (Vox Staff, 2018). While the Senate has been taken by the Republicans, the House of Representatives gives the Democrats an opportunity for representation that has been absent for years. "Now that Democrats have won the House, Republicans will no longer be able to pass legislation with GOP votes alone – instead, to get any bills through Congress, Trump will have to spar with Democrats. The new Democratic majority will also have subpoena power, which will help them investigate the Trump Administration far more aggressively. But since Democrats did not take the Senate, they did not gain the power to block Trump’s Supreme Court, Cabinet, and other nominees for the next two years. So Trump will continue to have the upper hand in confirming judges to lifetime posts” (Vox Staff, 2018).
With the election coming to a close, "The overall balance of power in the House come January stands at Democrats with 232 seats and Republicans with 200” (Blaine and Agiesta, 2018). "Republicans, however, performed strongly among the group of the Senate seats up that were on the ballot, and expanded their majority in the chamber” (Vox Staff, 2018). This Mid-term election is showing a true divide of power between the Democrats and Republicans, the House of Representatives and the Senate. However, this division of power could encourage well-rounded representation and could pave the way for compromise throughout the country (Mance 3).
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Current Event Essay On Immigration In USA
President Trump’s political anti-immigration rhetoric reaches beyond placing immigrants in a negative light. To support his tough stance, President Trump has told the public that immigrants cause problems. According to Trump, illegal immigrants commit more crimes and burden taxpayers. He characterizes undocumented immigrants as dangerous, inhuman animals "clamoring to breach this country’s borders (Hirschfeld-Davis para 1). Trump alleges that undocumented immigrants are about to overwhelm this country, costing American jobs and cost taxpayers an "unbelievably great expense.” (Ingraham para 2)
Although to the Pew Research Center, 33% of Americans see immigrants as a burden (Jones, para 4). These Americans should consider important facts about how immigration benefits the economy. Many believe the United States is overwhelmed with illegal immigrants. Although 27% of all immigrants are undocumented, this group makes up just 3.4% of the United States population (Lopez et al, para 4). Despite this, public discourse often focuses on how undocumented immigrants take jobs away from Americans, cost taxpayers and cause problems.
Few consider immigrants’ contributions. Immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than native-born Americans (Ingraham, para 6). Immigrants and their children contribute to the workforce. Without the boost in population brought about by increased immigration since 1965, the population growth in this country would have fewer young people to pay taxes that support critical programs older Americans count on such as social security and medicare (Kosten para 5). Undocumented workers pay into these programs and without benefitting from them. In 2014
immigrants paid an estimated 328 billion in state, local and federal taxes (Lopez et al para 15). Undocumented workers paid an estimated 11.7 billion in local taxes (Kosten para 6). Immigrants contribute to sustaining programs Americans value.
Immigration contributes to demographics that may help sustain social security and medicare. According to the United States Census Bureau, the average age of the average American is rising. The ratio of retirees to working age adults is projected to rise from three and a half working adults for each retiree in 2020 to two and a half working age adults for each retiree (para 1). Immigration helps the United States to delay this population demographic shift that already impacts other European nations. On average, immigrants have more children than native born Americans (Lopez et al para 15). Immigrants and their descendants will account for eighty-eight percent of population growth in the United States through 2065 (Lopez et al para 14). Without immigration, funding for social security and medicare could become more precarious.
The myth that illegal immigrants are flooding into this country is also unsupported. In 2017, apprehensions of illegals attempted to enter the United States reached their lowest level in forty-six years (Ingraham, para 4). Do immigrants take away jobs from Americans? For the most part, this is not true, with one exception. With more immigrants competing for the same low-skilled jobs, Americans may compete with unskilled immigrant laborers for these jobs (Ingraham, para 12).
The influx of immigrants into the American economy offers additional benefits. Immigrants fill jobs needed in the American economy. Depending on which country they come from, some immigrants as a group are more likely to hold advanced degrees than native-born Americans, according to a study done by the Pew Research center (Lopez et al para 21). A
census data report revealed that nearly half of all immigrants coming to the United States between 2011-2015 were college graduates (Kosten para 3).
Immigrants are more innovative that native born Americans (Ingraham, para 14). The story of a hard-working innovative immigrant who came to America and invented, built, innovated is an American story. By limiting immigration, this country may be closing its doors to the innovators of the next generation.
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