Arizona Economy Would Gain $500 Million If Undocumented Won Citizenship, Report Says

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Study says Arizona to see economic advantage if U.S. grants citizenship.


If the United States passed legislation granting citizenship to the undocumented population, Arizona's economy would grow by $500 million in the first five years, according to a report by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy.

The immigration reform bill passed in the Senate and now in the U.S. House of Representatives could set a path -- although a lengthy, 13 year-long path -- that could grant undocumented immigrants legal status. The report assumes the financial gain that legitimate status could bring to undocumented immigrants in Arizona, excluding DREAMers, starting in 2026.

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"Generally speaking," says Mike Slaven, a policy analyst and the study's author, "having more people out of the shadows is better and will increase the size of the economy."

Arizona's undocumented labor force is about 190,000, or about 7 percent of the state's total workforce.

The study eliminates other factors and examines only the impact of granting citizenship to these workers. This group, who labor in the economy's gray areas, are mostly middle-aged men who arrived in the country before 2000 and raise a family on about $36,000 a year.



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jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

The 1986 Immigration Reform Act sure fixed a lot.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

The benefits to AZ's economy could be realized if legal status is confered rather than citizenship. This article seems to use legal status and citizenship as if they are the same. THEY ARE NOT! With citizenship comes the right to make decisions affecting others. Continued disregard for laws and processes should preclude the opportunity to gain citizenship. Legal status yes. Citizenship no.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

Most, if not all, of the harm that illegals cause stems from their remaining an illegal subclass, hiding from authorities rather than assimilating into society.

They can't get good jobs.

Their children have to be taught English before they can be taught school subjects.

Their children learn that the authorities and mainstream society are a source of trouble, so they turn to gangs and crime at a higher rate than mainstream kids.

Most of that, at least, would change with better immigration policy.


royalphoenix
royalphoenix

Ok let the Morrison Institute put up a 500 million cash bond so when their "study" proves to be wrong, the citizens of Arizona are not out any $. I will say this one more time, this is just a very thinly veiled effort to re-populate states that citizens have left. Republicans and Democrats don't give a rats rear end about the citizens, so why should they care about illegals ? Mr. Slavens public school education shines thru brightly. peace

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

The ONLY people Immigration harms are lowlife lazy slackers who are so incompetent and replaceable that some semi-educated Jose que no habla inglés can perform their job better and more efficiently.

Attention white-trash American losers -- just because you were born in the U$A doesn't mean you deserve a position in the great Free Market Capitalist experiment.


robert_graham
robert_graham

Actually it would be the opposite. If illegal aliens are granted citizenship this country would be in ruins. This is why immigration reform should be scrapped.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

"The report does not include how a 10 percent increase in salary could stabilize a family, how it could impact higher education rates, or how this would translate into a more skilled workforce -- meaning it's a lowball figure."

Does the report include an analysis of how much of a 10 percent increase in salary would be sent back to family being supported in Mexico and never enter the U.S. or Arizona economy?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@jonnyquest ... deliberate conflation and misrepresentation of the issues by a lazy and biased media that seeks to keep readers inflamed in order to promote advertising revenue. ... Typical.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@royalphoenix  

Why do the want to "repopulate" states?

Which states have been losing citizens?   Not Arizona.  The number of registered voters has been increasing every year.

 

hapstone2
hapstone2

@DonkeyHotay

Gee whiz your quite the angry low lever clerk commentator now aren't you  - if the illegals were lawyers, accountants, middle managers, supervisors techs - there would be quite the outrage ... however they aren't now are they ... sooo the conflict will develop in physical  labor jobs where degrees aren't required ...yet you depend on for your livelihood :o))

The only blister you might have experienced ? You got pounding your pud - certainly never from honest days work ...

marcy
marcy

@JoeArpaioFan 

I disagree.  What will ruin the country is an excessive number of freeloaders, regardless of immigration status.   

robert_graham
robert_graham

@JohnQ.Public Sorry but jobs - all jobs - must be given to Americans first. Would you feel good if your employer fires you and gives your job to an illegal alien?

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@DonkeyHotay That's awesome - jonnyquest voices an opinion that a piece of legislation failed in its major goals and you accuse him of hating America.  I love it.  Don't agree with me, clearly you hate America.  That's awesome.  Keep up the good non sequitur work there.

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

@valleynative  congressional apportionment. 1970/2010...  NY39/27, Penn 25/18, Oh 23/16, NJ 15/12, Conn 6/5, Mich 19/14, ILL, 24/18, Iowa 6/4. Az, Fla, Tx, Ca, Co, Nv, Utah, have all gained seats. AZ 4/9.

hapstone2
hapstone2

@DonkeyHotay what the hell apprentice pedophile - talking about pounding pud distract you - ya on the couch working up a shot - and why the hell ain't you at work ... (or ya counting alum. cans in your bag) SLACKER !!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@hapstone2 "Gee whiz your [sic] quite the angry low lever [sic] clerk ..."

Q.E.D.

ps: if you get blisters beating your meat, you ain't doing it right.

hth.

jonnyquest
jonnyquest topcommenter

Mmmm...like expanded Medicaid?

ger52749
ger52749

Agreed. most people complaining about not getting welfare are usa citizens, who don't wanna work or contribute anything to the system. When they are denied, they blame everyone and their mother. Fucken lazy bones

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan if your job fires you and hires an illegal, that isnt the illegals fault, its the guy who is hiring them who is at fault. so you are admitting that it isnt illegals stealing jobs, its Americans giving them those jobs. blaming the illegals for the loss of jobs is about as stupid as blaming the tow truck who shows up to help you for your car being in the ditch. blame the employers for hiring those employees, dont blame the employees for showing up to work                         you twit

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

@JoeArpaioFan  They would not fire you because then they would have to pay un-employment. You would take a 20-40% pay cut and like it or quit. If you quit, no un-employment..

marcy
marcy

@JoeArpaioFan @JohnQ.Public 

It is illegal to only offer jobs to "Americans", ie US citizens, with a few exceptions.

If they are allowed to become US citizens they would be Americans.

With that said the study does mention, but not figure into it's "gains", that there would be increased competition for jobs from people who were now legally permitted to work.  It also neglected the not insignificant amount of money illegal workers contribute to Social Security that they are never allowed to collect.  In addition, lower paid workers get a Social Security check that is a much higher percentage of their contributions than do higher paid workers so an influx of lower paid workers could further drain Social Security.

But moving people up economically has its own ripple effects, even if it does leave some unskilled persons such as Burger King floor moppers worse off.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Unless you were being sarcastic - in which case I totally missed it.

hapstone2
hapstone2

@DonkeyHotay @hapstone2 The typso throw ya genius you can't read through them  - ya lost now wandering through  the room grasping your head yelling nooooooooo 

hapstone2
hapstone2

@DonkeyHotay @hapstone2 Ohhhh among your other areas of expertise is pounding pud - developed no doubt by hours of lonely research - dateless again and again and again ..

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@danzigsdaddy It's a two way street and there is a lot of blame to go around.

Blame the illegal immigrant who is willing to work for cheaper than a reasonable wage and who has no bargainning power to demand otherwise.

Blame the non-illegal immigrant who can't demonstrate athat they add value they bring to the work or who isn't willing to work as hard.

Blame the employer who is willing to hire illegal immigrants for lower than reasonable wages to increase the employer's profit.

Blame the customer who demands lower prices knowing full well that those lower prices are built on the back of immigrant labor and who are not willing to pay what it would cost for the business to pay a reasonable wage to its work force.

Blame a federal government that does too few employer audits and raids to enforce the laws on the books.

The system is like a Rube Goldberg machine - there are a lot of moving parts and there is plenty of blame to go around.

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