The Washington Times reports:
Immigration reforms that increase the number of low-skilled workers entering the United States threaten to impose a high cost on taxpayers, says a study being released today.
The Heritage Foundation report calculates that for every $1 unskilled workers pay in taxes they receive about $3 in government benefits, including Medicaid, food stamps, public housing and other welfare programs.
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The report on low-skilled workers, who are defined as those without a high school diploma, did not focus on immigrants, but its authors say 25 percent of legal immigrants and 50 percent of illegal aliens fall into the category.
Like the news that a illegal immigrant driving under the influence of alcohol killed the director of the movie “Christmas Story,” this report sheds light on the negative aspects of illegal immigration. If we are going to discuss this topic intelligently, we need to be aware of the drawbacks of an open borders policy, not just the benefits, such as cheaper fruit and vegetables.
One wonders whether a fully informed citizenry would pay more for produce, nannies, gardeners, and housecleaners if we could unclog our freeways, reduce the terrific strain on emergency rooms, reduce the crime rate, and lessen the strain on our budget caused by the net outlay in tax money that illegal immigrants cause.
It would be fascinating to see whether the L.A. Times has reported or will report the results of this study. However, because they have blocked most of their web site from mobile phone users, I can’t check. Any guest bloggers want to follow up on this? Justin? See Dubya?