Thursday, January 10, 2008

Illegals cost Arizona workers at least $1.4 billion in 2006

A Harvard University economist, commissioned by the Maricopa County (Arizona) County Attorney, has determined that illegal immigrants depressed wages in Arizona by at least $1.4 billion in 2006 and forced down the wages of lower-skilled legal workers by 4.7 percent.

Economist George Borjas said hiring illegal immigrants depresses wages because they work for lower pay and sometimes are paid under the table. He said that illegals make up 10 percent of all workers in Arizona and decrease all wages by 1.5 percent, but illegal immigrants primarily impact the wages and jobs of legal workers with lower education levels

County Attorney Andrew Thomas said the Borjas' report has been filed with U.S. District Court Judge Neil Wake, who is considering the Arizona sanctions law case. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Arizona Contractors Association, Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Arizona Restaurant & Hospitality Association are among the business groups challenging the law in federal court. The law allows the suspension or revocation of the business licenses of employers caught knowingly hiring illegals.

1 comment:

  1. And there was some IDIOT on another site asking what we would do if all, & he meant ALL the ILLEGALS left!!! WELL, First of all they wouldn't be costing us "AMERICANs" over $1 BILLION a year. HELL, We could subsidize every fruit grower in AMERICA if need be!!!! That sooooooo SIMPLE I wonder why YOU didn't think of that!!!!!!!


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