ExPatriatePen wrote:tifosi77 wrote:
And to the first point, that number is almost impossible to calculate because of the fact that 1 illegal immigrant job simply does not equate to 1 citizen collecting a welfare check. It also does not mean that every illegal job represents a job not being held by a citizen.
Who says it does? But you also can't completely ignore that there *is* a social cost to displaced US workers, and these studies don't factor *any* of that in.
Not all ILLEGALS work in the fields picking vegetables... it's kind of demeaning to them to say that they do. Many are working in auto body shops, as welders, etc... I think maybe you're the one who needs to get out more ;)
I would guess, and I honestly do not know, but all of the illegal workers are a large portion of the financial issues in California. And wasn't NYC hours from bankruptcy at one point?
I agree that right now there is an economic upturn because of their work but there has to be a negative end of the ledger as well.
Where that break is I don't know.