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Illegal immigration likely depresses the wages of low-skill workers by 10 percent

Posted on 11-Sep-2013
Topics: Effects of Immigration on American Workers  

From: The Fiscal Cost of Unlawful Immigrants and Amnesty to the U.S. Taxpayer

A final problem is that unlawful immigration appears to depress the wages of low-skill U.S.-born and lawful immigrant workers by 10 percent, or $2,300, per year. Unlawful immigration also probably drives many of our most vulnerable U.S.-born workers out of the labor force entirely. Unlawful immigration thus makes it harder for the least advantaged U.S. citizens to share in the American dream. This is wrong; public policy should support the interests of those who have a right to be here, not those who have broken our laws.

Sources:

[1] "The Fiscal Cost of Unlawful Immigrants and Amnesty to the U.S. Taxpayer", Robert Rector and Jason Richwine, Ph.D., Heritage Foundation, 6-May-2013

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