Immigrants contribution to the US economy
A proposal by Centro Prodh
The Centro de Derechos Humanos Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez international team believes it is important to have an impact on U.S. public opinion showing, through the analysis of relevant data, the immigrants' contribution to the U.S. economy. These include the work done, the products and services provided to the U.S. population (usually, at low cost), taxes paid, the profits obtained by businesses that employ a large number of immigrants, etc. It is also important to demonstrate that the jobs most immigrants take are those that most U.S. citizens don't want.
The intention is NOT to show that this is a good situation because it benefits the U.S. economy but to refute the argument that "immigrants are taking our jobs," or that they "take advantage and abuse of government programs without paying taxes."
The opposite is true: the United States benefits from the working immigrants and obtains economic gains (many times by a denial of the immigrants' right to work in decent conditions). It would be useful to model a projection of the U.S. economy (1) without immigrants and (2) without undocumented immigrants to illustrate how the economy would fare if conservatives realized their dream of deporting every undocumented immigrant .