Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Arizona’s Undocumented Workforce: Part of The Solution, Not Part of The Problem - The Data Port

Arizona’s Undocumented Workforce: Part of The Solution, Not Part of The Problem - The Data Port

Arizona’s Unapologetic Liberal has published a useful link to a report from the Center for American Progress and the Immigration Policy Center titled “A Rising Tide or a Shrinking Pie”

The thrust of that report is that rather than fearing the effect of undocumented workers on our economy we should welcome their contributions. Here are some highlights from that report.

"Because undocumented workers earn about 18% less in wages than legal workers, a program that required undocumented workers to get on the right side of the law would close the income gap. This would increase labor income in Arizona by $5.6 billion, which would create a spike in demand for goods and services, which would produce a “virtuous cycle” of job growth and revenue. According to the report, legalizing Arizona’s undocumented workers would add 261,000 jobs and $1.68 billion in state tax revenue."

Ironic, isn’t it?

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