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by: James Denison March 15, 2013 12:32 PM PDT

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If you take 9% Unemployment in USA

by James Denison - 3/15/13 12:32 PM

...And reduce it by 5.2%, then it would be around 4% which would be good. Don't let anyone tell you that illegal immigration isn't responsible for our current high unemployment and low wage scale for labor in this country. Send them home!

" Immigration reform is a hot button issue being debated across America, from the floor of the Capitol to main street U.S.A.

There are currently an estimated 11.5 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S., that's a 33% increase since 2000. And in fact, today 5.2% of the U.S. labor force consists of undocumented workers.

The "Gang of Eight," a bipartisan group of eight senators, is currently working on a plan to reform immigration policy in the U.S. The group of lawmakers is expected to present its bill, which will provide a path to U.S. citizenship for all those living in this country illegally, on the floor of the Senate later in March.

The senators have a difficult task. They must consider how legalizing over 10 million immigrants might affect jobs, border security and tax revenue. Another issue they must consider is that if passed, immigration reform could also impact Social Security taxes and checks.

While some argue legalizing millions of illegal immigrants will help keep Social Security solvent, Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies disagrees.

"If they're legalized then they can collect Social Security and guess what? People with low incomes get more out of Social Security, generally speaking, than they pay in," he argues. "So the Social Security argument is actually an argument for keeping illegal immigrants illegal because that way they won't ever collect Social Security."

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