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.
 "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