I was about to argue against you but some preliminary research
indicates the situation is far more complex than I had realised, and
you may well be right. Although illegal immigrants provide a huge pool
of cheap labour, and mainly in jobs that other people don't want to
do, the associated costs exceed the benefit to the economy. A net
deficit to the federal budget of $2,700 per illegal household in 2002
according to a report from the Center for Immigration Studies.
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