On the same day that the Feds filed a lawsuit against Arizona's immigration law, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) has just released a report claiming that illegal immigrants cost the U.S. $113 billion a year. In immigration circles, FAIR is about as conservative as it comes: it wants to stop virtually all immigration, legal and illegal, to the United States.
But a study put out two years ago by the Texas-based Perryman Group concluded the opposite. According to the Perryman Report, illegal immigrants contribute $245 billion in GDP to the U.S. economy, not to mention millions of jobs.
So do illegals help or hurt the U.S.?
Personally, I'm with Peter on the question of illegal immigrants--a position he explained beautifully last month in the Wall Street Journal. Amnesty plus border security.