Immigration - Immigration Background Are most immigrants...

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Immigration November 23, 2010
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Background Are most immigrants illegal or legal? -61% legal -29% illegal Where do most illegal immigrants live? California, Texas, Arizona, Florida, New York, Illinois, and North Carolina How are these patterns changing? In 1990, these states held 88% of the illegal population, today it is 61%
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Where are legal and illegal immigrants from? Legal 53% Latin American 27% Asia 13% Europe Illegal Immigrants 57% Mexico 24% Latin America besides Mexico 10% Asia
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What are the benefits to legal immigration? Population Growth Between 2010 and 2030, 45% of our population growth will be due to net immigration. Taxes Social Security: huge benefit because enter young, have babies, many leave Income, sales, property, etc: immigrant tax contributions are comparable to rest of households (urban institute)
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What are the cons to legal immigration? Usually low skill workers so drive down wages (businesses think this is good, unions think this is bad) Can drain local resources in health and
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