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Study: Legalizing Arizona's undocumented workers would be economic boon
A recent report from a left-leaning think tank looks at the potential impact on
As of 2010, there were an estimated 211,000 undocumented immigrants working in
They found legalization would lead to an extra half billion dollars in tax revenue. Conversely, CAP says 100 percent deportation would mean a $2.4 billion hit to tax revenue and a $13.3 billion dollar decrease in gross state product.
Marshall Fitz, the Center’s Director of Immigration Policy, said
But Steve Camarota, Director of Research for the conservative Center for Immigration Studies, says Arizona's unemployed, low-income legal residents are already losing jobs to undocumented workers.
"That report is assuming none of these people can benefit by the departure of the illegals, even though what we know about these less-educated folks who aren't working is they mostly work in things like food service, and building cleaning and maintenance, and construction, exactly where the illegals work," Camarota said. "So the departure of the illegals could have a very nice impact on the poorest segment of Arizona's population."
Updated 9-10-12 1:38 p.m.