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May 12, 2007

Dollars without Sense: Underestimating the Value of Less-Educated Workers

Policy Spotlight

A new report from the Immigration Policy Center (IPC) examines the false premise and conclusion derived by Heritage Foundation analysts in a highly publicized study of essential workers. According to authors Walter A. Ewing, Ph.D., and Benjamin Johnson, Executive Director of the American Immigration Law Foundation, the recent Heritage report is one in a long line of deeply flawed economic analyses which claim to estimate the contributions and "costs" of workers based solely on the amount of taxes they pay and the value of the public services they utilize. By this line of thinking, if the taxes paid by workers do not cover the cost of the public services and benefits they receive, then these workers are draining the public treasury and, ostensibly, the economy as a whole. However, this kind of simplistic fiscal arithmetic does not accurately gauge the impact that workers of any skill level, foreign-born or native-born, have on the economy. It also is a dehumanizing portrayal of all workers who labor for low wages in physically demanding jobs that are essential to the economic health of the nation.

Visit the IPC website to read the complete report; http://www.ailf.org/ipc/ipc_index.asp

Posted by VisaLawyer at May 12, 2007 07:15 AM


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