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January 24, 2010

STUDY: LEGALIZATION'S PAYOFF TO U.S. ECONOMY: $1.5 TRILLION

Luis Carlos Lopez, Hispanic Link - A major immigration study by political economist Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda states that implementing a program to bring the nation's estimated 11.9 million undocumented residents onto a path to legalization would create $1.5 trillion in U.S. economic growth over the next ten years. . . .

"If we pursue a deportation-only policy, it will drain our already anemic economy by $2.6 trillion over the next ten years and cost billions to implement," Hinojosa-Ojeda, who serves as executive director of the North American Integration and Development Center, affirmed.

"Legalization empowers workers immediately to become much more committed and integrated in the economy."

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What – the – heck is wrong with our society today. Over the years, Republicans gave tacit approval to illegal immigration to benefit various corporate contributors. Democrats give resulting 'soft-hearted' approval to people here illegally because of social problems. Why can't we respect our Laws, like every other country does!

It's not just our leaders that are at fault. We, The People need to make our voices heard! Why wasn't there a 'Public Outrage” against our country's previous administration when we attacked another country for no reason. Why do we feel no need to unite against religious leader's extortion of our country's Congressional / Senatorial representatives. Why do we feel no love or affection for American “Labor”, letting Congressional / Corporate leaders gut our system of worker's rights, and even ship our jobs overseas merely to increase the profit margin. All in the Orwellian name of Free Trade... sort-of like its the Patriotic thing to do.
We have been forced to view even the smallest hourly wage increase by workers as Inflationary. Yet, we as citizens and investors have not responded negatively enough to the Millions / Billions / Trillions of dollars handed to corporate leaders, lawyers, politicians, and now Bankers and Wall Street speculators that do nothing to create real Wealth.

Well, that 1.5 Trillion talked about in this article is merely a red-herring. We have high unemployment now and cannot afford to give jobs to people who failed to respect our country enough to enter legally. We have a way to admit refugees, that is not the issue. And there are plenty of actual law-abiding individuals who might appreciate having a job, and legally create that 1.5 Trillion in growth over the next ten years.

January 24, 2010 1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As long as the US military and the CIA are thugging around the world making it safe for american corporations to loot and pillage the natural and human resources in over 150 countries on the earth, we should have open immigration.

The lack of jobs is fake. Our economy doesn't want full employment. Classism works a lot easier if you starve out a fifth of the population.

January 25, 2010 1:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: Anon 25Jan10

Your 'tongue-in-cheek' and cynical comment wasn't obvious enough for the common man.

Personally, I'm not sure if you are merely promoting the destruction of foreign governments and their natural resources, or promoting open immigration to every country's emmigrants because we have raped some different neighboring country's resources? Or, are you saying we have raped every country?

Actually, unemployment is high. You just don't think its high because you have a job. Just because there is a decline in the number of unemployed each month - doesn't mean the lack of jobs is fake. True, our economy has Never wanted full employment, as an indicator of inflation. But the desired four percent unemployment is much different than the current rate.

My point would be that we shouldn't "starve out a fifth of the population" that are here legally, may have served in the military fighting for our country, and are here for the 'long-haul' and not planning to escape back to another country when they just get enough money to allow them to live like Kings.

If our military goes into another country, as previous stated in another comment, refugees have their recourse. And open immigration is not necessary.

Why are we so picyune and anal about so many other legalities, and yet ignore such a big problem as 11.9 illegal residents taking jobs from people here legally.

January 25, 2010 12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Think how much we'll save in foreign aid if we send all those wonderfully productive illegals home to boost the economies of their own countries. Every single ambitious foreigner who turns up in the US is a major loss to their country of origin, and a source of delay in improving the economies and living conditions of those nations. What we should be doing with such ambition is send it home with contacts and financing to boost our trade links and personal connections with those people. Then we can visit each other as partners and friends.

January 25, 2010 12:52 PM  
Blogger Luis said...

I know this is late, but thanks very much for reading my column. I always appreciated when someone reads my work, but to the person that went on a rant about how illegal immigrants should be deported and not given a helping hand, I just have a few suggestions.

1. Like me, make sure you address yourself by your real name and not anonymously. If you are going to criticize someone, the least you can do is be honorable and show your true colors--do not hide behind a wall of secrecy.

I have a lot of respect for your viewpoints but when you hide your name, it undermines your integrity and it is very hard to take you seriously.

2. My numbers are not red herring. I backed up my research with various sources including the CATO institute. Again, if you knew anything about journalism you would know that journalist do it with at least two sources and they uphold the belief that a story needs to be balanced, credible and have integrity. We do not hide our sources and we definitely do not hide our names

February 1, 2010 5:10 PM  
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February 1, 2010 5:16 PM  

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