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How immigrant workers in U.S. have helped boost job growth and stave off a recession

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By PAUL WISEMAN, GISELA SALOMON and CHRISTOPHER RUGABER

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Simple, cheaper and hardworking labor will help boost companies profit.

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A short recession without so many cheap foreign workers would have been preferable in the long run.

Inflation and interest rates remain high in the US. The Fed says it still can't cut rates, which are raising the cost of mortgages for American consumers and the cost of borrowing for enterprises.

Us here in Japan would also benefit with more strength for the yen if the US tolerated a short downturn.

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companies love illegal immigrants. low wages and unpaid labor under the threat of being turned in. the government collects social security and taxes applied to false social security numbers and the workers will never be able to collect.

and employers are never held responsible for hiring them.

i’d like to see the costs borne by taxpayers of the millions who aren’t in the labor force compared to the benefits to companies.

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Migrant labour built modern America. It will be required for Biden's new infrastructure push.

If you choose the nationalist option and kick them out, your economy and services will collapse as they have in the UK. You really don't want to be like Brexit Britain is now.

Interest rates are artificially hiked for no good reason. They are not a joystick with which you can manipulate inflation, because inflation has other causes. They just add to the burden, widening the suffering to the middle classes.

Full employment equates to about 5% unemployment, most of whom are not working for a reason. Cheap access to migrant labour ensures that sectors, especially seasonal ones like agriculture and tourism, can top up when they need to. The migrants pay tax, recycle money into the local economy, and send some home, supporting their families.

Migrant labour is important to your economy, your food security, your healthcare system and your services. As important a resource as rare Earth metals.

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i’d like to see the costs borne by taxpayers of the millions who aren’t in the labor force compared to the benefits to companies.

You might have an argument if the unemployment rate was high but it isn't. Unemployment is currently near or at record lows depending on which state you are in. Firms can't find enough workers to fill available job openings. The US Navy can't get ships built or the ones they have overhauled on time due to a lack of shipyard workers. All aspects of the transportation industry from airlines to maritime shipping to trucking are experiencing labor shortages.

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Slavery is thriving.

That is why high profits but never can find enough of those with education in specialised fields.

All those poor people being paid a pittance but pay taxes.

It is not like if the USA was a clean and safe country like Japan. What country do you think is better to live for the average Joe or Ken ?

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Have you notice that there is almost no of the usual commentators that support DJT?... Funny because, they are giving their point of view on the Nippon Steel buying US Steel article.

But again that is the reality that many US Republicans are unwilling to accept and their olympian efforts to not see what really keeps the US going.

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Cant blame the immigrants - legal or otherwise. They are trying to get by and help their families. The rich in the US have an addiction to cheap, under the table labor. That will never change regardless of who wins elections.

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The rich in the US have an addiction to cheap,

Not just the US.

under the table labor. That will never change regardless of who wins elections

It will change if you employ legal immigrants, with the Southern border out of control and Biden allowing millions to come in estimations from last year are about 10 million, there is no way on God's green earth that employment, food or housing will be guaranteed for the vast majority of these people, there aren't enough service industry jobs to give to the majority of people that really have very little to almost no employable skills, these people will either engage in crime and fraud or become homeless or a combination of the two. States such as California and NYC have become unlivable and people are tired of living with the crime, stench, and lawlessness that has overtaken our cities, people are leaving and going to states where the rule of law persists and they don't have to be overwhelmed by illegals and crime.

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I didn't think it could be possible to be more incorrect, but b4f, you take the cake. A quick Google search reveals that immigrants to America commit crimes at a rate lower than the general American population.

https://siepr.stanford.edu/news/mythical-tie-between-immigration-and-crime

And, yes, I have a Phd and yes I have read the study. It was more than competently performed from a research design perspective. Are you going to tell us how 'wrong' those 'liberal' professors from Stanford are? And, if so, could you kindly indicate HOW the Stanford professors make research design errors so as to render their study useless and/or not generalizable?

It will change if you employ legal immigrants, with the Southern border out of control and Biden allowing millions to come in estimations from last year are about 10 million, there is no way on God's green earth that employment, food or housing will be guaranteed for the vast majority of these people, there aren't enough service industry jobs to give to the majority of people that really have very little to almost no employable skills, these people will either engage in crime and fraud or become homeless or a combination of the two. States such as California and NYC have become unlivable and people are tired of living with the crime, stench, and lawlessness that has overtaken our cities, people are leaving and going to states where the rule of law persists and they don't have to be overwhelmed by illegals and crime.

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Overcrowded schools Jesus can't read so native English speaking kids in classroom gets less attention because the teachers have to provide more attention to the new students. Hospitals are over crowded they have no insurance therefore taxpayers have to foot the bill, DMV is over crowded, homelessness when most can not find a home they either live on the streets or move into a home and become squatters which US laws makes it hard to evict them. With more illegals coming in rent rates. The gangs come in and you have more cars being stolen, home burglaries, drug dealing and prostitution. Yes we have heard about what the people who want these people in the country but no one is talking about how they are affecting the citizens of the country. If you asked the average American today they would say they would be better off being illegal because they get more benefits than the average American.

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If you asked the average American today they would say they would be better off being illegal because they get more benefits than the average American.

Then don't ask an average American, ask an above average American. Average Americans are a bit thick.

Average Americans will always blame their woes on immigrants. Above average Americans will understand that immigrants commit less crimes than average Americans, and that they as aboves average Americans are immigrants themselves.

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JeffLeeApr. 15 08:25 am JST

A short recession without so many cheap foreign workers would have been preferable in the long run.

The US is under no obligation to go into recession for anybody.

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Jonathan PrinApr. 15 11:48 am JST

It is not like if the USA was a clean and safe country like Japan. What country do you think is better to live for the average Joe or Ken ?

The country where you can get a wellpaying job and possibly receive proper care when you are elderly. Not Japan.

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The rich in the US have an addiction to cheap,

Not just the US.

How about using the entire quote?

The rich in the US have an addiction to cheap, under the table labor. 

In many industries in the US but especially construction, agriculture/food and hospitality this is a true statement.

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No one can insist on being born, or can chose ones parents, that is life/natures Russian roulette.

Billionaire or bum parents.

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Education can be brought, your future is not set, but could depend on which side of the street.

Gordon Gekko... the difference between a bum and a businessman is luck?

The Gekko's of this world have or display no distinguishable human characteristics other than greed,

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But according to Trump, immigrants are criminals, rapist's, murderers, etc....etc.....

Many are, that is just a fact, has nothing to with "what they are" it has a lot to do with "who they are and the environment they grew up."

but of course, many of his low IQ, uneducated followers would never dream of doing such things.

And the people with the supposedly high IQ (ROFL) are the ones who don't want any of these people living near them.

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Illegal immigrants commit less crime than nationals.

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Illegal immigrants commit less crime than nationals.

That's not the important point. Whatever high or low their crime rate is, it is in every case additional to the basic crime rate.

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Whatever high or low their crime rate is, it is in every case additional to the basic crime rate.

That's not how averages work.

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Sven AsaiToday 02:31 pm JST

Illegal immigrants commit less crime than nationals.

That's not the important point. Whatever high or low their crime rate is, it is in every case additional to the basic crime rate.

The astute reader will note that yes, more people equals more crime.

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The astute reader will note that yes, more people equals more crime.

The question was do illegal immigrants have a higher crime rate than nationals?

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