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  •  If they are demonstrable, (0+ / 0-)

    why don't you share your data?  On the other hand,

    "Many opponents of immigration argue that immigrants are a drag on economic growth and depress wages. The former is untrue: the consensus among experts is that immigration offers positive, if modest, benefits to the United States economy, having similar effects as robust population growth. (It also has very large benefits for the sending country—remittances are a major source of income for, for instance, Mexico, totaling $16 billion last year.) Nor is it necessarily the case, as Paul Krugman wrote in the New York Times on Monday, that immigrants "threaten to unravel" the American welfare state. Most immigrants pay more in taxes than they receive in government benefits—although it's true that financing for various safety net programs may need to be tweaked in the future to accommodate immigration flows. Moreover, increased immigration will help ensure that an aging native population in the United States can continue to afford Social Security and Medicare."

    •  All depends on what stats you want to cite (1+ / 0-)
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      Paul Krugman writes that the crucial difference is between skilled and unskilled immigration.  But given that the vast majority of illegal immigrants are unskilled, we can assume they are more or less synonymous.  While it's true that immigration overall may offer a modest overall benefit in terms of growth, illegal unskilled immigration has been shown to be a disaster for the poorest Americans.  According to a study by Harvard professor George Borjas, it depresses the wages of low-income Americans.

      Here's Borjas:

      The fact that some native-born workers lose from immigration implies that U.S. firms gain because they can now hire workers at lower wages. Many native-born consumers also gain because the lower labor costs lead to cheaper goods and services. In fact, the labor market consequences of immigration generate a net benefit for the entire native-born population. The annual net gain from immigration is small (less than 0.1 percent of gross domestic product), amounting to less than $10 billion a year for the entire native-born population. However, immigration does more than just increase the total income accruing to native-born workers: it also induces a substantial redistribution of wealth away from workers who compete with immigrants and toward employers and other users of immigrant services. These wealth transfers may be in the tens of billions of dollars per year.

      And just who is it that is competing with illegal unskilled immigrants from places like Mexico?  Poor Americans.

      Liberals rightly decry the Bush tax cuts as a transfer of wealth away from the poor to the rich.  Here you have another issue with exactly the same effect and liberals are indifferent.  Why is that?

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