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Illegal Immigrants: The Backbone of Our Nation’s Economy

On Behalf of | Sep 12, 2008 | Immigration

A recently published article in MSN Money reviewed “illegal” labor in the United States and its effect on our nations economy. The article found that nearly 8 million workers are employed illegally in the United States. This makes up nearly 5% of our nations entire workforce. The article further reported that most of these workers are employed in difficult and low-wage jobs,
for which the traditional United States labor force seems to exhibit little demand.

The results posed an important question: what if the government successfully deported all the “illegals,” and all that labor suddenly disappeared? In a word: catastrophe. The article concluded that crops “would rot in the fields” and agriculture “would come to a screeching halt.” Our service industries would be immediately overburdened. Not only would the cost of goods
rise, but profits would decline, as the billions of dollars spent annually in the United States by “illegals” would immediately disappear. Ultimately, the results would drastically change the economic landscape of the United States; the loss of labor could result in over $650 billion dollars of lost output – almost a 5% reduction in our gross domestic product.

Immigration issues affect everyone’s lives, whether directly or indirectly. If you or someone you know needs assistance with an immigration issue, please contact our office for a free consultation.

For more on this article, see “What If We Threw Out All The Illegal Immigrants?

Blake P. Somers, Attorney at Law
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