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Study Finds Immigrants Generate 25% Of GDP In San Diego County

A new study by the California Immigrant Policy Center finds that immigrants generate about 25 percent of San Diego County's gross domestic product.

The study provides a new set of statistics on immigrants' contributions to the San Diego region. It determined that immigrants make up nearly one-quarter of San Diego County's population. Nearly one-third of the county's labor force is immigrants.

Murtaza Baxamusa is with the Center on Policy Initiatives, a think tank for issues that affect working families.

He says the report lays the foundation for a rational analysis of immigrants' contributions.

That foundation is important, Baxamusa says, "so that there can be a rational dialogue and a real thorough analysis of what the impacts of immigration reform are on different sectors of the economy."

The findings are based on census data collected between 2005 and 2007 and do not distinguish between legal and illegal immigrants.

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jfeld222 | March 9, 2010 at 6:53 p.m. ― 7 years ago

Our country will not continue to flourish without allowing immigrants starting small businesses. The new restrictions USCIS is imposing on H-1B visas and E investor visas is disheartening. The United States needs smart intelligent entrepreneurs to help pull us out of the recession. Allowing hard working immigrants into the U.S. creates jobs and a better quality of life for everyone.

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xelanbonn | March 9, 2010 at 9:36 p.m. ― 7 years ago

Please take the time to learn the facts on both kinds of immigration (lawful and unlawful). This is a very complex issue but one fact that is rarely touted is the reality that over 90% of unlawful immigrants have committed at least one felony (Identity theft, document fraud, employment fraud, entering the US after being deported once---the list is very long). As a past advisor to the White House and an expert on this issue, I would only ask that everyone review all sides of the coin on this issue. Amnesty will cost the US trillions of dollars and is unconstitutional. Few Americans are for violating the Constitution. Respect and welcome legal immigrants but realize there is a price for high immigration on the environment and in lost wages and standard of living for those already here. We cannot end world poverty by importing it to America. We end it by staying to true our values, creating wealth, and using that wealth to help others in need to better their lives in their own countries... Please read this article before you decide otherwise:

Illegal Immigration: Facts Are Very Scary!

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