Shocking statistics from the CATO Institute

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    Immigrants Make More Jobs Than They Take
    By Suzanne Smalley | NEWSWEEK

    Published Aug 15, 2009
    From the magazine issue dated Aug 31, 2009

    Lou Dobbs, take note: immigrants are good for our economy.

    The most skilled create jobs in technology and engineering, says Duke professor Vivek Wadhwa, who estimates that in 2005 immigrant-founded engineering and tech companies employed 450,000 people and generated $52 billion in sales.

    But even the least skilled more than repay their costs in schools and health care. Two highly respected Australian economists, Maureen Rimmer and Peter Dixon, studied the issue for the libertarian Cato Institute.

    "The net impact on U.S. households from tighter border enforcement is unambiguously negative," they found, because even low-skilled immigrants expand the economic pie and create jobs farther up the ladder. Cato's Dan Griswold says the study shows a $250 billion difference between the most and least restrictive immigration policies.

    Find this article at
    Immigrants Create More Jobs Than They Take | Newsweek The Smart List | Newsweek.com
     
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    CATO is a highly respected think tank, its studies used extensively by both the right and the left. Ironically, when their reports are favorable to the right, CATO is touted as a wonderful truthteller.

    Cato Institute
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    The Cato Institute is a pro-free market, libertarian think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C.

    The Institute's stated mission is "to broaden the parameters of public policy debate to allow consideration of the traditional American principles of limited government, individual liberty, free markets, and peace" by striving "to achieve greater involvement of the intelligent, lay public in questions of (public) policy and the proper role of government." Cato scholars conduct policy research on a broad range of public policy issues, and produce books, studies, op-eds, and blog posts. They are also frequent guests in the media.

    The Cato Institute is non-partisan, and its scholars' views are not consistently aligned with either major political party. For example, Cato scholars were sharply critical of the second Bush administration (2001 - 2009) on a wide variety of issues, including the Iraq war, civil liberties, education, health care, agriculture, energy policy, and excessive government spending. However, on other issues, most notably Social Security,[1][2] global warming,[3][4] tax policy,[5] and immigration,[6][7][8][9][10] Cato scholars had praised Bush administration initiatives. During the 2008 U.S. presidential election, Cato scholars criticized both major-party candidates, John McCain[11][12] and Barack Obama.[13][14]
     
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    True....Not shocking at all.

    Still, the best immigration control I can think of would be the abolition of the socialistic welfare giveaway state. Then, all who came to America, legally or not, would at least have to pull the full financial weight for any services rendered.
     
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    I want to know who ever said legal immigration was not good for our country.

    Our immigration policy should be akin to a job interview. We should only allow into the country those who have a much needed and desired skill. And we should be extremely discriminating.

    Seriously do we want tens of thousands of immigrants entering the country who after 20 years will still refuse to learn English?
     
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    The idiotic strawman false belief that anyone is against immigration rears it's ugly, racist head again. NO ONE is against immigration. EVERYONE should be however, against ILLEGAL immigration.
     
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    Nothing new there, either.

    It's extremely rare for 1st generation immigrants to learn the language, no matter where you are.
     
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    Exactly my point. We should be more discriminating in our process.

    "Are you able, to speak and write English?" Should be the first question on the list.

    If the answer to that question is "No" , then you don't get a green card. Period.
     
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    Why should the immigrants in the here and now be any different from any of the other immigrants that gave us places like little Italy, Ybor City and the Chinatowns.

    While there is indeed a lot of things for which to legitimately gig on immigrants (especially the illegals), the language thing is soooooo petty.
     
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    And yet your first knee-jerk reaction was this: I want to know who ever said legal immigration was not good for our country.

    Many, many legal immigrants cannot speak (and especially write) English when they first arrive unless they are from English-speaking nations. English is the most difficult language in the entire world to learn.
     

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