Illegal Immigration and Agribusiness (2013) Over the past several decades, the agribusiness industry has grown increasingly dependent on a steady supply of workers who have entered the country illegally. It has consistently opposed an immigration policy that would result in a legal workforce. Their position is that current hiring practices are crucial for the survival of the industry. In this study, we explore the impact on profits of commercial farms if the increased labor costs are absorbed by the producers and the consequent effect on overall farm business.
Would the Dreamer Amnesty Benefit the Economy? The DREAM Act is Not Justified as an Economic Boon. The DREAM Act is a limited amnesty provision designed to further the eventual adoption of a general amnesty. The argument that the measure would benefit the economy is a distraction from the massive fiscal costs of the full-scale amnesty for which it would be a precursor. Further, the research that suggests the DREAM Act would result in a large economic benefit is based on unrealistic assumptions and flawed analysis. Only in passing do the researchers who assert the economic benefit of adoption of the DREAM Act note that their analysis fails to consider any offsetting fiscal costs.
Illegal Aliens Who Pay Taxes May Claim Tax Credits Organizations such as the Center for American Progress (CAP) and the Immigration Policy Center (IPC) have mounted a campaign to convince lawmakers that amnesty for the nearly 12 million illegal alien residents is justified on economic grounds. FAIR's analysis of the IPC's claim that illegal aliens are an important source of tax revenue exposes the underlying false assumptions used to assert that illegal alien workers already pay a fair share of taxes and would pay even more if they gained legal status.
Illegal Aliens Taking U.S. Jobs Illegal aliens come to the United States to take jobs that offer them greater opportunity, and they are often welcomed by U.S. employers who are able to hire them for wages lower than they would have to pay to hire U.S. workers. This employment is illegal under a law enacted in 1986, but some employers ignore the law and hire illegal workers in the underground economy. Others simply accept fake employment documents and hire the illegal workers as if they were legal. Because there is no requirement to verify documents presented by workers, employers can easily evade compliance.
Infographic: Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on Californians A new study from FAIR finds that providing education, health care, law enforcement, and social and government services to illegal aliens and their dependents costs California taxpayers $25.3 billion a year, which is an increase of some $4.7 billion since 2010. These costs amount to a $2,370 a year burden per California household headed by a U.S. citizen. The infographic below summarizes what illegal immigration in California costs taxpayers.