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Commentator: Illegal immigration hurts the economy
Marketplace ^ | March 15, 2012 | Nancy Parker

Posted on 03/15/2012 6:06:54 PM PDT by moonshinner_09

Tess Vigeland: This week as part of our election coverage, The Real Economy, we're hearing from people across the country about the issues that matter most to them.

Today, San Diego resident Nancy Parker argues illegal immigration hurts the economy -- more than helps it.

Nancy Parker: It's time we did something about illegal immigration in the United States.

I always hear talk about the economic benefits of illegal immigration -- cheap labor and all -- but it also has economic costs nobody seems to mention.

Many who work here illegally don't keep the money they earn in this country. Instead, they send it off to relatives in their home countries. It's a drain of resources that doesn't do anything for economic growth here. A lot of the work they do is off the books, so many aren't even paying taxes. Yet they're still using free health care, food stamps and other services meant for low-income and senior citizens.

I am not anti-immigrant. I understand why people would risk their lives to come to this country. But we need to have compassion for our own people who are being denied services that are going to illegals.

And it's not just services, it's jobs also. I'm always hearing illegal immigrants are doing work nobody else wants to do. Try telling that to someone who's been out of work for three years. I know a lot of Americans who'd be just fine working in the construction industry.

Lately, we're hearing a lot about the income gap. Well, maybe one of the reasons poor Americans aren't making as much is because illegals in this country are willing to work for even less.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Politics
KEYWORDS: aliens; calif; immigration
And what about the direct cost of illegal immigration: all the law enforcement, detention and deportation has to add up to something. Just think of where else we could be using that money.

At the end of the day, illegal immigration is just plain wrong. Make all the excuses you want, they've broken the law. If we went to their countries without immigrating through proper channels, we'd be tossed out on our ear immediately.

This is true of way of looking at it as there is. Very well put.

1 posted on 03/15/2012 6:07:03 PM PDT by moonshinner_09
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To: moonshinner_09

isn’t this hate speech?


2 posted on 03/15/2012 6:12:14 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (knowledge puffeth; information deludeth.)
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To: moonshinner_09

Too funny. Marketplace = NPR.


3 posted on 03/15/2012 6:15:13 PM PDT by Theoria (Rush Limbaugh: Ron Paul sounds like an Islamic terrorist)
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To: Theoria
I was as shocked to hear this on WNYC earlier today as anyone.

National Public Radio might as well be owned by Carlos Slim.

4 posted on 03/15/2012 6:21:18 PM PDT by OddLane (If Lionel Hutz and Guy Smiley had a lovechild together, his name would be "Mitt Romney." -KAJ)
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To: moonshinner_09

Somebody who produces NPR really screwed up. There will be a firing over this “mistake”.


5 posted on 03/15/2012 6:24:00 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: moonshinner_09

... and then they are stealing jobs from the hardest hit by the Obama economy.... the American black....


6 posted on 03/15/2012 6:27:52 PM PDT by himno hero (Obamas theme...Death to America...The crusaders will pay!)
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To: moonshinner_09

Financial wise, it would be cheaper for the US to annex mexico and make it a commonwealth or a group of new states to the union, than to keep fighting the lawlessnes that currently rules there.


7 posted on 03/15/2012 8:18:26 PM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: factoryrat; moonshinner_09
Financial wise, it would be cheaper for the US to annex mexico and make it a commonwealth or a group of new states to the union, than to keep fighting the lawlessnes that currently rules there.

Move our border SOUTH and add a few more stars to our flag? Think of the petroleum resources there!

8 posted on 03/15/2012 8:21:06 PM PDT by thecodont
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