Day Without (Illegal) Immigrants Would Save America $351 Million: So Much For #DayWithoutImmigrants

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What Would A #DayWithoutImmigrants Look Like?

Left wing activist groups, with help from the mainstream media, have christened Thursday, February 16 as the so-called #DayWithoutImmigrants.

They are trying to persuade (coerce) both legal and illegal immigrants into skipping work, in order to show President Donald Trump, and his “racist” supporters, that America couldn’t function without them.

Why?

They disagree with Trump’s immigration policy, particularly the so-called “Muslim ban” (which doesn’t target Muslims, and isn’t a permanent ban)—a policy which the majority of Americans support, by the way.

Here are a few examples of what #ADayWithoutImmigrants looks like on Twitter:

If they want to skip work, good for them; I don’t care.

But they do bring up an interesting question: what would a day without immigrants, specifically illegal immigrants, really look like?

How Many Illegal Immigrants Live In The US?

First thing’s first, how many illegal aliens live in America?

In all honesty, no one really knows.

They’re undocumented.  That’s the whole point.

Estimates are wide-ranging.

On the low end, Pew Research estimates that there are roughly 11.1 million illegal immigrants currently living in the US—a number which tracks fairly closely with official government figures.

On the high end, we’re looking at roughly 30 million people.  This number’s been articulated by conservative author Ann Coulter in her book Adios America.  She based the figure off banking and remittance payment records, demand for government services, and migration detentions and projections from ICE.

Frankly, I find Coulter’s number more compelling—if you’ve been to LA recently, you’ll probably agree.

But for the purposes of this article, I’ll use the lower number.

A Day Without Immigrants Would Save America $351 Million

According to a 2013 report from the Federation For American Immigration Reform (FAIR), illegal immigration cost the US $113 billion in terms of services (healthcare, policing, education); $29 billion at the federal level and $84 billion at the state and local level.

Via FAIR.

This is from 2013, so of course the number’s probably higher now.

Either way, it’s large, especially when you consider that illegal immigrants only contribute $11.6 billion in taxes (many don’t pay tax, as it turns out.

On top of that, illegal immigrants also send enormous amounts of money from America to their homelands in the form of remittances—they work in the US, send the money home.  Money evaporates from the economy.

A Pew Research report from 2015 calculates that $133.6 billion was left America in the form of remittances.

Do we know how much was sent away by illegal aliens?  No.

However, if we assume that this money was sent by people who were born in foreign countries, this gives as a pool of 40 million foreign born US citizens and 11.1 million illegal immigrants.

Let’s assume, for simplicity, that they’re equally likely to send remittances.

This means that illegal immigrants send roughly $26.72 billion out of America per year.

All totaled, illegal immigration costs the US $128.12 a year.

Therefore, a single day without immigrants would save the US $351 million.

Sounds like a good deal to me, especially since 23 million American citizens are currently unemployed.

Just be glad you’re not in Sweden.

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11 Comments on "Day Without (Illegal) Immigrants Would Save America $351 Million: So Much For #DayWithoutImmigrants"

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Marion
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This article is biased since it is not considering the whole situation that is going on. According to this, if immigrants were to leave the country there would be more jobs left. However, it is not considering the fact that american citizens do not accept jobs or do not conform with the kind of payments that immigrants usually received. For an immigrant, 12 dollars per hour is a great deal for him and for his family to survive. While for an nonimmigrant that would be considered as an abuse of their rights and labor without considering the harsh conditions of the job and the long-term hours that an immigrant usually work.
I would like to see an article that expresses all of the variety and all of the truth about how immigrants really affect the economy of the country. I’m sure it would really increase the quality of the article.

IvanaHaffun
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The Bureau of Labor stats would refute your claim. You are claiming the illegal immigrants are willing to do the work white people won’t do. Then detail what those jobs are? Give actual stats. The labor stats show that under every single category of “labor” whites workers are represented in proportional numbers relative to the demographics of the entire country. What the illegal laborers have done is to depress the wages.

https://www.bls.gov/opub/reports/race-and-ethnicity/archive/labor-force-characteristics-by-race-and-ethnicity-2014.pdf

Jackie
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“While for an nonimmigrant that would be considered as an abuse of their rights and labor without considering the harsh conditions of the job and the long-term hours that an immigrant usually work.” What an argument! So you think it’s ok to abuse illegal immigrants just so that Americans can enjoy cheap labor? Just because this is the status quo, you think it’s the way things should be?

To me, a better solution is to let the employer raise the salary, make the job safe, and hire a non-illegal immigrant or a US citizen.

Nancy
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I want to know if any of these logical refutations have convinced Marion to take another look at what she said, or if she still thinks she us right and will keep repeating those same old arguments ?

HC
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Doubt it. Some people (usually leftists and hardcore libertarians) never learn.

Mind you I don’t think all immigration is automatically a bad thing, it’s mostly just illegal immigrants and non-Westerners that refuse to assimilate. I don’t think anyone complains when someone moves from Germany to Australia, or Canada to the US. Heck, does anyone even complain about legal immigrants from Argentina or Japan? Not that I’ve ever heard.

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