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Taxpayers must pay the freight for over-budget train projects
Topic - Alex Nowrasteh
Immigrants — both legal and illegal — have accounted for all of the job gains in the U.S. labor market since 2000, according to a report that highlights the stiff competition for jobs in a tight economy as Congress debates adding more workers to the mix.
Two-thirds of those who have found employment under President Obama are immigrants, both legal and illegal, according to an analysis that suggests immigration has soaked up a large portion of what little job growth there has been over the past three years.
In his recent op-ed Alex Nowrasteh argues that we should increase our legal immigration system and grant amnesty to illegal immigrants in order to bolster our sluggish economy ("Free markets require increased legal immigration," Wednesday). There is a consensus among nonpartisan economists that low-skilled immigrants, both legal and illegal, are a fiscal drain on taxpayers.
Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration policy analyst with the Cato Institute, said he believes there could be a middle ground that prevents families who fake children or those who don't live in the U.S. from receiving the benefits, but still allows legal citizens with illegal parents to benefit from the payment.
"Anything that makes it more difficult to get the child tax credit and to prove they're American citizens is probably a good thing, but if it's limited to only U.S. citizen children of illegal immigrants who can get it, that's still a step in the right direction," he said.