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USCCB committee chair: immigration reform creates economic win-win situation

Catholic World News - January 02, 2014

Writing for the blog of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Migration argued that “immigration reform is a win-win for both immigrant workers and their families and US citizens.”

“A University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) study showed that for the three years following a legalization program, undocumented workers would experience an increase in net income of $30 to $36 billion,” said Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle. “This would have benefits for all US citizens because it would generate $4.5 to $5.4 billion in tax revenues and consumer spending sufficient to support nearly 900,000 jobs.”

“Immigration reform legislation also would help reduce the US government’s deficit,” he added. “The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), enactment of S. 744, immigration reform legislation passed by the U.S. Senate, would reduce the federal deficit by $158 billion by 2023, due to increased tax revenue and economic activity.”

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  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Jan. 03, 2014 9:29 AM ET USA

    The figures may not lie. But, liars sure can figure. I do not understand how that works at all. This economy is not even fully employing people who are here legally. How is it supposed to employ these additional persons? Remember too that folks earning minimum wage do not actually pay taxes other than Social Security. This is especially true if they have any dependants. Then earned income, making work pay, and other credits make filing taxes an income producing act.

  • Posted by: FredC - Jan. 02, 2014 7:02 PM ET USA

    Did the study include the welfare costs that may be necessary? Did the study say how many should be allowed to immigrate? Did the study conclude that the U.S. should open its borders to people from all countries, including Ethiopia, South Sudan, etc.?

  • Posted by: Defender - Jan. 02, 2014 9:56 AM ET USA

    What of all the studies that were conducted under Amnesty in the 1980's that, of course, didn't pan out? What of the "promise" that it was a one-time thing? What, wait another few years and do it again? It just goes to prove what a sieve our borders are and how much the security of the U.S. doesn't seem to include this aspect of illegally crossing our borders.

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