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ABC POLL SHOWS PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR LEGALIZATION OF IMMIGRANTS INCREASING

Rating: 7 votes, 5.00 average.

On the heels of the CBS/New York TImes poll showing substantial support for legalizing illegally present immigrants, a new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows similar strong support.

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  1. Anil's Avatar
    I think that is the right way to go. We know it is not practical to send all these illegals back home. Atleast let them be legal pay the tax and follow rules before they take all the benefits. No more free lunch for illegals.
  2. Another voice's Avatar
    Testimony of
    Alan Greenspan


    April 30, 2009


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    Testimony of Dr. Alan Greenspan Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees, and Border Security


    Embargoed until: April 30, 2009, 2:00pm EDT

    Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee:

    Thank you for this opportunity to testify before you this afternoon.

    Immigration to the U.S. slowed markedly with the onset of the current economic crisis. But as this crisis fades, there is little doubt that the attraction of the United States to foreign workers and their families will revive. I hope by then a badly needed set of reforms to our nation's immigration laws will have been put in place.

    There are two distinctly different policy issues that confront the Congress. The first is illegal immigration. The notion of rewarding with permanent resident status those who have broken our immigration laws does not sit well with the American people. In a recent poll, two-thirds would like to see the number of illegals decreased.

    But there is little doubt that unauthorized, that is, illegal, immigration has made a significant contribution to the growth of our economy. Between 2000 and 2007, for example, it accounted for more than a sixth of the increase in our total civilian labor force. The illegal part of the civilian labor force diminished last year as the economy slowed, though illegals still comprised an estimated 5% of our total civilian labor force. Unauthorized immigrants serve as a flexible component of our workforce, often a safety valve when demand is pressing and among the first to be discharged when the economy falters.

    Some evidence suggests that unskilled illegal immigrants (almost all from Latin America) marginally suppress wage levels of native-born Americans without a high school diploma, and impose significant costs on some state and local governments.

    However the estimated wage suppression and fiscal costs are relatively small, and
    economists generally view the overall economic benefits of this workforce as significantly outweighing the costs. Accordingly, I hope some temporary worker program can be crafted.

  3. Rachel's Avatar
    The naive citizens do not realize that if illegals are rewarded continuously, then it will encourage future illegals to break the rules as well. Amnesty guarantees future illegal immigration. Sad sad sad news.
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