Friday, April 24, 2009

The study’s methodology was called flawed

The Houston Chronicle has done it again.  A study by a right wing anti-immigrant group is headlined "Study: Illegal immigration costs state billions" --

A Houston Chronicle article, taken from the San Antonio Express explains that a study on the economics of immigration is not accurate.  But the headline is enough to make things harder for immigrants.  Everyone knows that most people look at headlines, and don't read the articles themselves.  So they see this blanket statement and think, "we really have to get rid of those illegals."

Shame on the Chronicle.  
 
here are some details from a NYT editorial describing how undocumented immigrants have helped save our social security system.  This information is not from a "think tank"  - it is a report from our own Social Security System.:

1.  growing numbers of “other than legal” workers are expected to bolster the program over the coming decades

2. many undocumented workers pay taxes during their work lives but don’t collect benefits later

3.  undocumented workers are entering the United States at ever younger ages and are expected to have more children while they’re here than if they arrived at later ages

4.  a substantial increase in the number of working-age people paying taxes, but a relatively smaller increase in the number of retirees who receive benefits

5.  taxes paid by other-than-legal immigrants will close 15 percent of the system’s projected long-term deficit

It would be more informative to read this New York Times editorial*:
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New York Times - April 2, 2008
Editorial

Immigration is good for the financial health of Social Security because more workers mean more tax revenue. Illegal immigration, it turns out, is even better than legal immigration. In the fine print of the 2008 annual report on Social Security, released last week, the program’s trustees noted that growing numbers of “other than legal” workers are expected to bolster the program over the coming decades.

One reason is that many undocumented workers pay taxes during their work lives but don’t collect benefits later. Another is that undocumented workers are entering the United States at ever younger ages and are expected to have more children while they’re here than if they arrived at later ages. The result is a substantial increase in the number of working-age people paying taxes, but a relatively smaller increase in the number of retirees who receive benefits — a double boon to Social Security’s bottom line.

We’re not talking chump change. According to the report, the taxes paid by other-than-legal immigrants will close 15 percent of the system’s projected long-term deficit. That’s equivalent to raising the payroll tax by 0.3 percentage points, starting today.

That is not to suggest that illegal immigration is a legitimate fix to Social Security’s problems. It is another reminder, however, of the nation’s complex relationship with undocumented workers. Would the people who want to deport all undocumented workers be willing to make up the difference and pay the taxes that the undocumented are currently paying?

It is also a reminder of Social Security’s dynamism. As society and the economy evolve, so does the system, responding not only to changes in immigration and fertility, but also in wage growth and other variables. As such, it is adaptable to the 21st century, if only the political will can be found to champion the necessary changes. Those include modest tax increases and moderate benefit cuts that could be phased in over decades — provided the country gets started soon. link


*before you think that the info. from the NYT doesn't count because it is just a liberal newspaper, you should read about how the NYT was considered more conservative than the Washington Post, the LA Times, and especially the Boston Globe.

1 comment:

Vicente Duque said...

To Marie-Theresa Hernández :

The Dream Act is a NO BRAINER

America should not squander the Treasure and Asset of Youth.

The Young Latinos are a clay that can be modelled in Great Engineers, Scientists, Biologists, Professors, Sociologists, Artists, etc .. to make America Great in the Future, and not to fall behind in the Future Confrontation of Great Economic and Scientific Super Powers. A future confrontation of brains.

Overcoming Racial Prejudices, Latinos will be the next generation of Scientists and Professionals.

Youth ! - Divine Treasure !!

( from a famous poem )

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Kicking heads as Footballs - New Sport in Town ( in Shenandoah Pennsylvania ) :

People love sports and are always inventing new variations. Now we are studying sports that involve the use of heads.

I know that in Ancient Egypt Pharaos like Ramses II ( the Great ) practiced the sport of smashing nuts on the heads of prisoners. Others put heads on posts and picks and on the tops of City Walls.

In the Pacific Islands and the Amazon Basin the sport of hunting heads was much practiced, and there was another companion hobby of shrinking the heads of enemies in boiling pots, with special shrinking herbs.

In England they invented the most important invention of all times the "Football", that is Soccer, and English Football has beautiful movements like shooting the ball with your head in between the goalposts, and under the crossbar that defines the door or arch of the other team.

There have been famous players like BAM-BAM Zamorano of Chile that always scored goals with his head.

English Football is the most important invention because it is the greatest craze in the whole world, they also invented the Football Hooligans and we Latinos soon copied that beautiful piece of "Western Civilization" ...

Many people died of a heart attack when Brazil or Argentina scored a goal that saved the World Coup Classification in the spare time given by the referee. Others commited suicide in Colombia when a famous player and "crack" squandered a penalty that could have advanced the National Selection for the World Championship and World Cup.

The New sport of Kicking heads could become an Olympic Sports, fut first there is a trial and a prosecutor, a jury and a judge, and they can give a lot of help to the new practice of kicking heads of people that are unconscious on the floor.

And so, the eyes of the World are on the Trial of the Shenandoah Pennsylvania Football Players and Kickers of Heads.

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Vicente Duque