Obama Immigration Proposal May Not Be at Odds With Economy

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 1:44 pm
President Barack Obama (WDCpix)

President Barack Obama (WDCpix)

Last week, a senior aide to President Obama told The New York Times that the White House plans to support a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would offer a path to legalization for undocumented workers. But will Obama be willing to invest the political capital needed to pass such a bill during an economic crisis – when anti-immigrant sentiment is generally at its peak? After all, President George W. Bush couldn’t get Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill during his presidency even during an economic bubble; he faced too much opposition from within his own party.

Illustration by: Matt Mahurin

Illustration by: Matt Mahurin

This time, advocates for comprehensive immigration reform that includes legalization for some undocumented workers – what restrictionists derisively call “amnesty” – are making the case that it isn’t just about being sympathetic towards foreign workers. It’s about improving the American economy, and raising wages and conditions for legal U.S. workers, they say — and it’s won support from the U.S. labor movement on a reform package. And though these calculations are always heavily debated, it does appear that this time, the advocates for immigrants have the data on their side.

Yesterday, the Immigration Policy Center (the research arm of the American Immigration Law Foundation) released a new report , “The Economics of Immigration Reform: What Legalizing Undocumented Immigrants Would Mean for the U.S. Economy.” The report is chock full of facts and figures showing that legalizing undocumented workers would “improve wages and working conditions for all workers, and increase tax revenues for cash-strapped federal, state and local governments.” Comprehensive immigration reform legislation would “pay for itself through the increased tax revenue it generates,” and newly legalized workers would be better positioned to move into higher paying jobs, pay higher taxes, and spend more on goods and services – all of which would serve as an economic stimulus to the economy.

The logic is simple. Legal workers earn on average 15 percent more than their illegal counterparts doing the same job, concludes a report done for the Department of Labor. Raising immigrants’ wages means they pay more in taxes, and have more money to spend in the economy. It also reduces the downward pressure on wages that’s long been exerted by the underground economy, where employers can skirt minimum wage and safety laws — which is why labor unions now support legalization, too.

Other studies of undocumented workers suggest similar gains. The Fiscal Policy Institute, for example, studying the construction industry in New York City, found that nearly one in four workers were working “off the books.” As a result, the federal government lost about $272 million in 2005 because employers didn’t pay Social Security, Medicare, workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, and disability insurance, and another $70 million lost in personal income taxes. Although most studies have found that more than half of undocumented immigrants work on the books and pay federal and state income, social security and Medicare taxes, about half of them don’t. Legalization would collect taxes from everyone.

The impact on the cost of government services, however, is more controversial, with immigration restrictionists citing the heavy burdens that new immigrants place on social services systems. Still, most studies show that immigration ultimately leads to an overall increase in government revenue.

A study by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, estimated that the cost of the immigration reform bill proposed in 2006 would have been more than offset by the benefits. Legalization would have generated $66 billion over ten years from income and payroll taxes, which would have more than paid for the $54 billion in spending on refundable tax credits, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security and food stamps that the groups estimated the government would spend on newly eligible immigrants and their families.

Restrictionist groups, meanwhile, often cite an older study, from 1997, by the National Academy of Sciences that found that immigrants with no more than a high school education would initially cost the government more than they add in revenue. “If we’re talking about people in the [United States] illegally, we’re talking about people largely without more than a high school education,” said Steven Camarota, Director of Research for the restrictionist Center for Immigration Studies. The NAS study, he said, finds that an immigrant who comes to the United States without a high school education creates a net fiscal drain in his lifetime of $89,000, meaning he used that much more in services than he paid in taxes. If he has a high school education, the drain was lower, around $39,000. Those with more than a high school education, on the other hand, had a positive fiscal effect. According to a Pew Hispanic Center study released today, about 25 percent of undocumented immigrants fall into that category.

Nevertheless, a closer look at the National Academy of Sciences’ study shows a different picture. The study itself emphasizes the importance of taking a long-range view of immigration, rather than a one-year snapshot. Taking into account all of the various effects of immigration on the economy, including the effect on wages, demand, taxes and social services, the NAS actually found that immigration yields a gain in the overall economy – “on the order of $1 billion to $10 billion a year. Although this gain may be modest relative to the size of the U.S. economy, it remains a significant positive gain in absolute terms.”

That’s because over time, legal immigrants tend to work hard, get an education and advance themselves and their families economically. And that has a positive ripple effect throughout the economy.

“The U.S. economy is not a fixed pie,” said Dan Siciliano, Executive Director of the Program in Law, Economics and Business at Stanford Law School. “It is a dynamic economy that grows and shrinks depending on what’s going on.” Much of what drives growth has to do with the middle class, said Siciliano, who participated in a conference call of experts arranged by the Immigration Policy Center in conjunction with the release of its new report.

A path to legalization for undocumented workers also serves as a path to enter the middle class. “This is critical,” he said.

The problem with the current economy is the overall uncertainty, which decreases investment. “These problems are exaggerated and made worse if you’re undocumented,” said Siciliano. “Enfranchised consumers who are part of the above-ground economy are better consumers. You’re more willing to buy a home if you have certainty about your ability to stay in a community,” explained Siciliano. Immigrants are also more likely to invest in their own education and advancement, and that of their children, if they know they can stay and work where they are.

In addition to the fixed-pie perspective, opponents of legalization often assume that if the government does not legalize their status, immigrants will leave.

“What you sometimes hear is a kind of wishful thinking,” said David Kallick, a senior fellow at the Fiscal Policy Institute who also participated in the IPC conference call. “If undocumented immigrants just vanished, wouldn’t that mean there would be jobs freed up for US workers? But people don’t just vanish.” What’s more, if they did, it would “cause tremendous disruption in US businesses” which would “lead to fewer jobs to go around,” he said. “Mass deportation would be terrible for the economy. And it’s not real. It’s not going to happen.”

Not that mass deportation would be economical, either: the left-leaning Center for American Progress has found that deporting all undocumented immigrants in the U.S. would cost $41 billion a year.

Heavy spending on border enforcement alone also hasn’t kept people out. Even though spending on immigration enforcement more than tripled between 1993 and 2006, so has the number of undocumented immigrants in this country, notes the Immigration Policy Center in its report.

Administration officials say that ultimately, any comprehensive immigration reform package President Obama supports would include not only a path to legalization, but improved enforcement at the border and development of an improved national computer database that would allow employers to check the work eligibility of new job applicants. (The current system, called E-Verify, is not widely used and has been criticized as unreliable and inefficient.)

Still, Republican opponents of legalization, such as Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), have vowed to fight any such bill, arguing that this is no time to increase competition for legal U.S. workers for scarce jobs. “In our current economic crisis, Americans cannot afford to lose more jobs to illegal workers,” King told the New York Times. “American workers are depending on President Obama to protect their jobs from those in America illegally.”

That labor unions, which have in the past expressed the same concerns, are now coming around to the immigration advocates’ side suggests a major shift in perspective about the potential impact of immigration reform on U.S. workers during a recession. We need an immigration system that is part of a national economic recovery program,” said Esther Lopez, Director of Civil Rights for the United Food and Commercial Workers’ Union.

Gerald Jaynes, a professor of Economics and African-American Studies at Yale, has also come around to supporting immigration reform, after years of resisting due to concern about the impact on low-wage workers.

“Several years ago I was convinced that immigration significantly lowered native wages and employment,” he said at the IPC conference, but added that “subsequently, my statistical analyses forced me to conclude otherwise.” (Here is Jaynes’ testimony to Congress on the subject in 2007.) Although undocumented immigration has a slightly negative effect on native-born low-wage workers, he said, “the effects are relatively small, and in any event secondary to other causes of less educated workers’ dismal employment and wage experiences.” And because the work of immigrants often complements that of U.S.-born workers, “immigration can actually create jobs.”

Immigration reform that includes a path to legalization for undocumented workers, then, “is likely to improve conditions” of the overall workforce, he said, echoing one of the major themes that immigrants’ advocates are using to promote a reform package expected to be introduced this year. “One of the major problems for native workers of low education and skills is that they are competing against undocumented workers who employers are taking advantage of,” said Jaynes. “So to eliminate exploitation for the undocumented in effect eliminates or minimizes exploitation in American labor markets for all of the participants.”

Comments

55 Comments

Aga
Comment posted April 14, 2009 @ 11:12 am

Finally somebody say something right. We need immigration reform. Anybody who think that illegal are criminal, not educated is WRONG. I know many people who have college degree and did a lot to stay here legal but the law didn't let them get citizenship. They are educated, they speak perfect english and they want to pay their taxes and live like americans. Let them go out from shadows!!!


chris
Comment posted April 14, 2009 @ 11:29 am

Although most studies have found that more than half of undocumented immigrants work on the books and pay federal and state income, social security and Medicare taxes, about half of them don’t. Legalization would collect taxes from everyone.

this is pure BS……..what SS number are these taxes being paid under?? these studies….the models they use….the programmers who write the models are all full of BULL ! yeah the programmers are here working for Tata on H-1B. this country is circling the drain…..glad to see it happening.


ted salladore
Comment posted April 14, 2009 @ 11:59 am

And the beat goes on….I can hear the gnashing of the teeths coming from the usual nativists crowds like the Southern GOP Senators lead by Session,Vitter, Demint et al, the demagogues such as Limbaugh,Dobbs,Beck,Stein, Kirkorian, et al and the myriad extremists from the GOP's right wing flank.

From the the nativists,the demagogues and the GOP extremists,there'll never be the right time or any opportunity for immigration reform. In 2007 their battle cry was secure the border and deport them all. Now it's no longer the secure the border mantra but it's the recession.

One can only step back and discern the intentions of their hearts. Why bother to work with these extremists? Why bother to listen to them. They've made up their minds . No amount of bipartisan reach out could soften a closed mind.

Congress must move on and tackle this problem. Let the GOP burn itself to a party of oblivion if again they will listen to the rants of their extremist crowd.


ToChris
Comment posted April 14, 2009 @ 12:26 pm

It's funny how people come up with theories without being well informed. For your information, most undocumented immigrants report to the IRS with a legal number (Individual Tax Payer Id) that the IRS especifically provides for tax-paying purposes only. They are fully aware that they don't have valid SS numbers yet they encourage them pay their taxes which is great! and Since undocumented immigrants are and will always be willing to stay out of trouble and looking forward to the day they become legal… they do the right thing and declare taxes.


chris
Comment posted April 14, 2009 @ 12:27 pm

Hey ted

you got it a liitle bit wrong? i am a lifetime Dem…….guess who i voted for? i just don't like BS when i read it. i used to be a freelance tech contractor but i ditched it 8 years ago after 15 because this government sold me down the road with the H-1B program, government for sale poster child. glad he is there, i don't have to agree with him on everything?


Halibut
Comment posted April 14, 2009 @ 12:32 pm

Hey Aga, show us how educated you are. Exactly how many immigrants do you want to allow into the country before we set some controls? What kin dof controls would YOU set once 12 million illegals have been given amnesty? Oce oyu've done this, would you THEN enforce the law?


chris
Comment posted April 14, 2009 @ 12:35 pm

to who ever?

that would mean that all these illegal monkeys would be working on a 1099 basis?? don't make me laugh MORON ! !


ToChris
Comment posted April 14, 2009 @ 12:37 pm

Somebody who tries to make a point refering to other people as “Monkeys” does not deserve any answer. Remain ignorant buddy.


John C
Comment posted April 14, 2009 @ 2:09 pm

What about LEGAL Immigiration? Are you going to Fix it or Not. People have been waiting for Green Cards for years. They have been paying SS and Tax for years.
By giving the Illegals Citizienship, your informing other people to cross the border or overstay the visa, so that some time they will become legal.

There is no Ethic for the people who have been legal these years?


Truth
Comment posted April 14, 2009 @ 2:24 pm

Check out the RESEARCH about Undocumented Immigrants to enlighten yourself . http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/


Native American
Comment posted April 14, 2009 @ 2:25 pm

Ignorance is Bliss: Those who have NO CLUE or QUALIFICATIONS about Immigration are those who show their IGNORANCE :)

In the 20-plus years I have spent studying, lecturing and litigating immigration issues, two things have always amazed me. The first is the amount and intensity of hate spewed against undocumented workers. The second is the amount of misinformation that is published about them.

On this second point, the quote from Mark Twain is illustrative. “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” I suppose this may be true in part because misinformation, like a lie, requires no accuracy, validation or research; all of which are time-consuming practices.

The recent letters alleging that all undocumented workers are “criminals,” and specifically Veronica Suarez, whose plight was written about in the Tracy Press recently, is a criminal are factually incorrect.

According to the facts (as stated in Sharon Franceschi’s Sept. 7 commentary) Saurez entered the U.S. on a valid visa, overstayed her visa when it expired, resulting in her unlawful immigration status. None of these acts, as stated by Franceschi, constitute a crime under federal or state law. Overstaying a valid visa under the Immigration and Naturalization Act is a civil violation of the law, not a criminal violation. Being in the U.S. in under undocumented status is not a criminal violation, but a civil violation of the INA.

The facts, as stated by Franceschi, do not indicate that Suarez has committed any crime. To call her a criminal is erroneous at best, and libelous at worst.

Furthermore, it is an Americanism that a person is innocent until proven guilty. So until Suarez (or any other undocumented person) is charged and found guilty of a crime, it would be inappropriate to call them “criminals.”

It is important to note that there is a very large difference between civil and criminal violations of law. The distinction is so important that the law makes the erroneous allegation that one has committed a crime of slander or libel, (which means liability is automatic even without proof of damages). One who violates the civil law is no more a criminal than someone who has breached a contract or accidentally damaged another’s property.

It is true that entering the United States without inspection is a misdemeanor under the INA. The misdemeanor is completed once an individual’s entry is complete. Suarez, according to Franceschi, did not enter without inspection; she entered with a valid visa. According to U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services statistics, about 40 percent of undocumented persons enter legally and overstay their visas (which, as stated above, is not a crime). Consequently, at least 40 percent of the undocumented population has committed no crime in regards to their immigration status.

Therefore, one cannot assume that a person has committed a crime simply because they are undocumented.

Franceschi is also in error in her allegation that getting married and having children while being undocumented in the U.S. is a violation of the law. It is not. Franceschi goes on to say that Suarez “apparently bought a house illegally.” It is unlikely that Franceschi knows exactly how Suarez purchased her home. Consequently, any allegation of illegality is, at a minimum, irresponsible.

It is also important to note that the Immigration and Citizenship Services doesn’t consider all undocumented persons criminals. When the Immigration and Citizenship Services publishes information about its enforcement activities involving undocumented workers, it are always sure to make a distinction between “criminal” and noncriminal aliens.

Another myth is that the term “illegal aliens” is a term of art or is legal jargon. This term is not found anywhere in the INA or in Blacks Law Dictionary. The INA refers to undocumented persons as either an EWI (entered without inspection) or as someone who has overstayed their visa. “Illegal aliens” is a term invented by anti-immigrant groups designed to put undocumented persons in the worst possible light and to instill fear in Americans. It is intentionally designed to associate undocumented persons with criminality.

This xenophobic view that undocumented persons are “simply criminals” comes from the historical stereotype that the foreign-born, especially undocumented immigrants, are responsible for higher crime rates. This misconception has deep roots in American public opinion and popular myth. This myth, however, is not supported empirically and has repeatedly been refuted by scientific studies. Both contemporary and historical data, (including U.S. governmental studies) have shown that immigration is associated with lower crime rates.

The studies have uniformly shown that recent immigrants (including the undocumented) are less likely to be involved in violent crime, and that when there is an increase in immigration patterns, violent crime decreases. This has been shown to be true in large cities with heavy immigrant populations.

In the most recent of these studies, The Myth of Immigrant Criminality and the Paradox of Assimilation (2007), from the Immigrant Policy Institute, it was found that among men age 18 to 39 (who are the vast majority of inmates in federal and state prisons and local jails), immigrants were five times less likely to be incarcerated than the native-born in 2000.

During the Proposition 187 debate, then-Gov. Pete Wilson published statistics that stated that
12 percent to 15 percent of the state prison population had Immigration and Citizenship Services holds or potential holds. The Department of Corrections analyst who compiled these numbers said Immigration and Citizenship Services holds are placed on inmates who were born outside of the U.S. (therefore 12 percent to 15 percent of the prison population was immigrants). The immigrant population at the time in California hovered at about 25 percent, showing immigrants were much less likely to be incarcerated than the native born in California.

In short, the data shows you are much safer if your neighbor is an immigrant.

Franceschi owes Suarez an apology. I am also surprised that the Tracy Press allowed a commentary to run without checking the facts. Although commentaries are designed to allow for the expression of differing opinions, the First Amendment is not as generous with misstatements of facts — especially when the facts can be libelous.

For the immigration debate to be a healthy one, we should strive for a debate based on facts, not myth or tired stereotypes. We should also not let our position on this topic strip us of one of the great qualities we possess as people — the ability to be compassionate.

Arturo E. Ocampo of Tracy has been a practicing attorney since 1985, with an expertise in immigration rights and class action lawsuits on behalf of immigrants, including the way the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 was implemented, Border Patrol’s raids and Proposition 187. He is director of diversity and equal employment opportunity for the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District.


Native American
Comment posted April 14, 2009 @ 2:27 pm

There is NO such word as 'ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT” In Blacks Law Dictionary or in Merriam Websters Dictionary.

Another myth is that the term “illegal aliens” is a term of art or is legal jargon. This term is not found anywhere in the INA or in Blacks Law Dictionary. The INA refers to undocumented persons as either an EWI (entered without inspection) or as someone who has overstayed their visa. “Illegal aliens” is a term invented by anti-immigrant groups designed to put undocumented persons in the worst possible light and to instill fear in Americans. It is intentionally designed to associate undocumented persons with criminality.


Brittanicus
Comment posted April 14, 2009 @ 2:58 pm

Americans and the children of legal residents are receiving 3 class education, since our schools have had accommodate millions of children of illegal foreign nationals mandated by Federal law. My son is crammed into a school, where the English language is a dead as archaic Latin.
It's time we place all our social services for our own legal population? It seems like every time we read the newspapers, our politicians are catering to illegal immigrants? We have amassed poverty in our own nation, yet we allow millions to come to America annually, which taxpayers underwrite for employers in medical services, education and other advantages. Our immigration laws have been tainted for the sake of monetary gain, which includes dropping E-verify, so illegal aliens can still appropriate jobs in this dire economy.

This editorial says it all, that children of illegal immigrants live in abject poverty, because Americans have allowed the special interest lobby to dictate to our legislators. Within immigration laws their is a clause, that anybody sponsored must be financially secure, or the sponsor must be able to financially support them. In the majority of cases this never happens, which causes a liability on US taxpayers. Then we have the distorted law of a child borne here, becomes an instant citizen? Nowhere else in the world will this happen, owing to fact the mother is–by law–an illegal alien. The original law was written for the benefit of the emancipation of slaves after the Civil War. More than any “Rule of Law” immigration laws have been corrupted, dumped or just plain ignored. So goes, E-Verify, Real ID, Federal program 247(g). All have been lobotomized for corporate welfare, US. Chamber of Commerce, ACLU and the radical ethnocentric organizations. Taxpayers have yet to realize hundreds of billions of their dollars are diverted to anti-sovereignty, open border cliques. Find facts at NUMBERSUSA, JUDICIALWATCH, CAPSWEB.


Brittanicus
Comment posted April 14, 2009 @ 2:59 pm

There is a word for 40 million illegal aliens in this country—OVERPOPULATION! That's according to the Heritage Foundation.


chris
Comment posted April 14, 2009 @ 3:04 pm

sorry to say….but this country is a SELL OUT ! . those people who have been waiting will be sold down the road, like i was in my occupation by the K street boys. LEGISLATION FOR SALE who has enough dough?


Brittanicus
Comment posted April 14, 2009 @ 4:19 pm

President Obama is at the helm in a battle of the century, that is about to commence. Illegal Immigration is more expensive to taxpayers than anybody realize? Only because the inception of the Internet are millions of people aware of the consequences. Experimentalist stay silent, because rich donors have paid for their silence. But the consequences are obvious–OVERPOPULATION! I personally have signed on to a single payer health care system rumored on the Capitol beltway. The only problem illegal immigrants will tap into Universal health care.

In a progressive agenda for AMNESTY, is that the new immigrants will vote largely Democrat, because of resistance of other parties. Unions have adapted to the same, because their own ranks are full of illegal alien workers. This in addition means claiming a large blocks of Union dues and more influence in the Congress. Even the Catholic church has been ostracized by it's practitioners, owing to child predatory nature of priest, who have been shielded by the church. Their religion has found a financial windfall, in illegal aliens crossing our distressed border from Catholic countries. The anti-sovereignty, pro-illegal immigration army is amassed against common sense. A new AMNESTY will bring millions more to America's shores and border. It will be another tremendous burden on taxpayers in caring for the poor, their children and sick. The danger to our countries resources is environmental catastrophe. Find facts at NUMBERSUSA, JUDICIALWATCH, CAPSWEB.


Brittanicus
Comment posted April 14, 2009 @ 5:30 pm

President Obama is at the helm in a battle of the century, that is about to commence. Illegal Immigration is more expensive to taxpayers than anybody realize? Only because the inception of the Internet are millions of people aware of the consequences. Experimentalist stay silent, because rich donors have paid for their silence. But the consequences are obvious–OVERPOPULATION! I personally have signed on to a single payer health care system rumored on the Capitol beltway. The only problem illegal immigrants will tap into Universal health care.

In a progressive agenda for AMNESTY, is that the new immigrants will vote largely Democrat, because of resistance of other parties. Unions have adapted to the same, because their own ranks are full of illegal alien workers. This in addition means claiming a large blocks of Union dues and more influence in the Congress. Even the Catholic church has been ostracized by it's practitioners, owing to child predatory nature of priest, who have been shielded by the church. Their religion has found a financial windfall, in illegal aliens crossing our distressed border from Catholic countries. The anti-sovereignty, pro-illegal immigration army is amassed against common sense. A new AMNESTY will bring millions more to America's shores and border. It will be another tremendous burden on taxpayers in caring for the poor, their children and sick. The danger to our countries resources is environmental catastrophe. Find facts at NUMBERSUSA, JUDICIALWATCH, CAPSWEB.


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Pete_Murphy
Comment posted April 15, 2009 @ 5:57 am

Rampant population growth threatens our economy and quality of life. Immigration, both legal and illegal, are fueling this growth. I'm not talking about environmental degradation or resource depletion. I'm talking about the effect upon rising unemployment and poverty in America.

I should introduce myself. I am the author of a book titled “Five Short Blasts: A New Economic Theory Exposes The Fatal Flaw in Globalization and Its Consequences for America.” To make a long story short, my theory is that, as population density rises beyond some optimum level, per capita consumption of products begins to decline out of the need to conserve space. People who live in crowded conditions simply don’t have enough space to use and store many products. This declining per capita consumption, in the face of rising productivity (per capita output, which always rises), inevitably yields rising unemployment and poverty.

This theory has huge implications for U.S. policy toward population management, especially immigration policy. Our policies of encouraging high rates of immigration are rooted in the belief of economists that population growth is a good thing, fueling economic growth. Through most of human history, the interests of the common good and business (corporations) were both well-served by continuing population growth. For the common good, we needed more workers to man our factories, producing the goods needed for a high standard of living. This population growth translated into sales volume growth for corporations. Both were happy.

But, once an optimum population density is breached, their interests diverge. It is in the best interest of the common good to stabilize the population, avoiding an erosion of our quality of life through high unemployment and poverty. However, it is still in the interest of corporations to fuel population growth because, even though per capita consumption goes into decline, total consumption still increases. We now find ourselves in the position of having corporations and economists influencing public policy in a direction that is not in the best interest of the common good.

The U.N. ranks the U.S. with eight third world countries – India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Uganda, Ethiopia and China – as accounting for fully half of the world’s population growth by 2050. It's absolutely imperative that our population be stabilized, and that's impossible without dramatically reining in immigration, both legal and illegal.

If you’re interested in learning more about this important new economic theory, I invite you to visit my web site at OpenWindowPublishingCo.com where you can read the preface, join in my blog discussion and, of course, purchase the book if you like. (It's also available at Amazon.com.)

Please forgive the somewhat spammish nature of the previous paragraph. I just don't know how else to inject this new perspective into the immigration debate without drawing attention to the book that explains the theory.

Pete Murphy
Author, “Five Short Blasts”


Brittanicus
Comment posted April 15, 2009 @ 9:58 am

Amnesty for illegal immigrants in the United States, will cost taxpayers more than the Liberals will admit? The majority who have no papers are paid under the proverbial table, by parasite employers. Those who are using fraudulent or bogus Social Security Numbers, do pay Federal taxes. A great example of the pathway illegal aliens have fraudulently, exploited free money is the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). In his book financial analyst and economist Edwin Rubinstein. He states that (EITC) is the largest anti-poverty program in the United States — and the most illegal-immigrant friendly. In 2007, more than 23 million households received more than $47 billion in the EITC payments. Much of the so-called “tax relief” goes to people who never paid a cent in taxes, and may have already defrauded the government of huge sums each year. EITC has become yet another means of depriving hard-working Americans of their own resources. It robs some to give to others. The EITC is the most accessible of the major entitlement programs and used by more people than food stamps and welfare (TANF)* combined the author admits.

The open border factions, including the payed-off politicians will offer you nothing but propaganda, to stifle any truth. The momentum is building to push for anther AMNESTY. Not only will taxpayers be carrying the out-of-shadows new immigrants, because most have only a 7th grade education and will not find work–while 10 million US workers are jobless. Billions of dollars sent back to other countries. Not forgetting the sponsoring of immediate family members, who will be even a larger burden of American taxpayers. Then their are millions more, impoverished, uneducated waiting for a 3rd AMNESTY to rush the undermanned border. Read undisclosed facts at: VDARE, FAIRUS, JUDICIALWATCH, NUMBERSUSA, AMERICANPATROL, CAPSWEB.ALIPAC.


Upset at America
Comment posted April 15, 2009 @ 1:38 pm

There are few natives to this country anymore. The natives of this country are the Native Americans. They were here in this land. Everyone is an immigrant to the United States. We took away the land and the rights of those that were here before us. So now, becuase we think we are stronger, smarter, and better we wish to close this country to others entering? Is that right? Will it take force from other immigrants to prove their power to us? What we did in the past was wrong and not allowing others equal opportunities in our land now is wrong.


Eko
Comment posted April 15, 2009 @ 3:22 pm

Ok i know what you mean on this steatmen, thanks, i agree with it..


24AheadDotCom
Comment posted April 16, 2009 @ 3:37 pm

I shredded the IPC's report here. I only spent about 15 minutes on that; I'm sure there's much more that's wrong about it but they aren't worth the time. See the link, and after that you'll learn you shouldn't trust the IPC or their supporters like Daphne Eviatar.


Cynthia
Comment posted April 21, 2009 @ 8:25 am

Whoever wrote this, I salute you!!! God Bless you and God bless America.


Cynthia
Comment posted April 21, 2009 @ 8:44 am

Thank you for this comment. I am one of them. I even left the US, because i didn't want to be illegal( after my case was denied). But I have US-citizen children. I would like to bring my children back, but legally.
Not all immigrants are criminals. I feel American in heart and soul and I would die for America. Some people hate immigrants simple because they are immigrants. But I met a lot of Americans who are loving and caring and that is the America that I know. And I think you are one of them.
Thanks
GOD bless America!


Cynthia
Comment posted April 21, 2009 @ 8:48 am

Hey Halibut,
I say give everybody who has ties with the USA some rights and close the borders. It shouldn't go on and on and on….. I agree with you.


musica
Comment posted April 22, 2009 @ 8:19 am

great post. thank you


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Koleksi Foto
Comment posted June 13, 2009 @ 8:42 am

This coment is good, agree with this steatment :
From the the nativists,the demagogues and the GOP extremists,there'll never be the right time or any opportunity for immigration reform. In 2007 their battle cry was secure the border and deport them all. Now it's no longer the secure the border mantra but it's the recession.


Koleksi Foto
Comment posted June 13, 2009 @ 3:42 pm

This coment is good, agree with this steatment :
From the the nativists,the demagogues and the GOP extremists,there'll never be the right time or any opportunity for immigration reform. In 2007 their battle cry was secure the border and deport them all. Now it's no longer the secure the border mantra but it's the recession.


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What about LEGAL Immigiration? Are you going to Fix it or Not. People have been waiting for Green Cards for years. They have been paying SS and Tax for years.
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