Sunday, March 27, 2011

Deportation over Legalization is Costly

From the Center for American Progress:

A Rising Tide or a Shrinking Pie
The Economic Impact of Legalization Versus Deportation in Arizona
By Dr. Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda, Marshall Fitz

Nearly a year after the passage of S.B. 1070, the Arizona State Senate appears intent on doubling down on that strategy by passing even more restrictive immigration measures. This crackdown may play well politically for some local elected officials but is it in the best economic interests of the state?

The economic analysis in this report shows the S.B. 1070 approach would have devastating economic consequences if its goals were accomplished. When undocumented workers are taken out of the economy, the jobs they support through their labor, consumption, and tax payments disappear as well.

Click here for access to the report.


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