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Illegal Immigration Driving Increase in Poverty, Reports the Pew Hispanic Center

A new report issued by the Washington, D.C.-based Pew Hispanic Center confirms what most Americans already knew: The influx of unskilled illegal aliens is driving the increase in poverty in the U.S. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, illegal alien workers, who now constitute a larger share of the influx than legal immigrants, have a median income of about $300 per week.

The Pew Hispanic Center’s findings largely confirm research from FAIR and others who advocate immigration enforcement and overall reductions in immigration levels. A virtually limitless supply of labor will inevitably depress wages and working conditions. Moreover, because a large share of illegal aliens entering the U.S. labor market is unskilled and lacks formal education, there is little possibility that it will ever move ahead. Thus, a massive amnesty promoted by President Bush and leading congressional Democrats would only fuel greater poverty and income disparity in America.

The Pew research also belies assertions by the illegal alien advocacy network that these workers contribute more in taxes than they use in services. At an average annual income of about $15,000, workers — legal or illegal — pay virtually nothing in taxes.

Source: Federation for American Immigration Reform


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