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Immigration Impact: Contrary to Popular Belief… the Economics of Reform

by Jacquelyn Mahendra on 04/13/2009 at 6:43pm

calculationsToday the Immigration Policy Center brought together key economic experts to dispel the most stubborn myths surrounding immigration reform and the economy. On the center’s blog, Immigration Impact, Andrea Nill outlines why real immigration reform would benefit all Americans: 

Comprehensive immigration reform would also eliminate the “trap door” that artificially suppresses wages and allow workers to compete fairly for the first time.  Cristina Jiménez, an immigration policy consultant at the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy has pointed out that “Consigning undocumented workers to a precarious existence undermines all who aspire to a middle-class standard of living.” In a recent post on the Hill’s Congress Blog, Jeanne Butterfield, president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, explained:

Moving forward with comprehensive immigration reform will ensure that all workers are here legally, will punish unscrupulous employers who undercut their honest competitors, and will restore integrity to the labor market.  It will lift wages for workers, ensure all workers are paying taxes, and restore fairness to our immigration system. 

Elsewhere in the post, Andrea reminds us:

While a policy designed to deport approximately 10 million undocumented immigrants would cost at least $206 billion over five years, or $41.2 billion annually; immigration reform would pay for itself in the form of increased wages, buying-power, and tax contributions that would benefit all working men and women.

Lifting wages? Raising tax revenues? Restoring order to a broken system? 

Sound good to anyone else?

Stay tuned for more coverage on the economics of immigration this week, and check out Immigration Impact for the full coverage from today’s briefing

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