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New Data on Border Crossings Could Change Immigration Debate

loadstar Wrote: Apr 18, 2013 6:47 AM
Do we "need" or benefit from ILLEGAL alien labor? ************** "Although the net benefits to natives from ILLEGAL immigrants are small, there is a sizable redistribution effect. ILLEGAL immigration reduces the wages of native workers by an estimated $99 to $118 billion a year. The immigration surplus or benefit to natives created by ILLEGAL immigrants is estimated at around $9 billion a year or just 0.06 percent of GDP. Some native-born Americans have also lost, and these losers likely include a disproportionate number of the poorest Americans."

There's a confrontation coming between the Obama administration and Republicans in Congress over the most basic question of immigration reform: How secure is the U.S. border with Mexico?

Not only does the administration not know -- and perhaps doesn't want to know -- but there are signs the border is less secure than some of the most skeptical Republicans thought.

Last year the Border Patrol began experimenting with a new drone-based surveillance system that had been developed for finding Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. Starting in the fall, officials used the radar-based system over a fairly small portion of the Arizona border....