American Dream Blues

Chasing the American Dream
Effects of illegal Immigrants on US Economy
How do illegal immigrants affect the overall U.S. economy?
Illegal immigration has both negative and positive impacts on different parts of the economy. As noted above, wages for low-skilled workers go down. But that means the rest of America benefits by paying lower prices for things like restaurant meals, agricultural produce and construction. Another negative impact is on government expenditures. Since undocumented workers generally don't pay income taxes but do use schools and other government services, they are seen as a drain on government spending.
Does illegal immigration help or hurt the U.S. economy? I feel it has started a chain reaction of negative impacts that will take decades to turn into a positive. Although the illegal immigrants are taking the lower level jobs at lower wages, they in most cases defrauding the US tax system. Since 1980, he said, all immigrants, including both undocumented and legal, have boosted GDP by $10 billion per year. This is the direct result of illegal immigrants using false social security cards and documentation.
While some of our resources are being boosted, other resources are being drained. Such resources are education, medical and social services. Education made be the only advantage of taxpayer money being well spent. While currently the education funds are being drained from illegal immigrants, the future educated student means that in the future they will be paying taxes.
If you own a farm, a restaurant, a garment factory or a landscaping company, you're likely to say immigration helps. Immigrants provide a ready source of relatively cheap labor that keeps your business humming and elevates profits.
If you're an American-born high-school dropout seeking work, you're likely to say immigration hurts. Immigrants are taking entry-level jobs at lower wages than you'd accept.
The impact on other groups --...