Breitbart – National Academies Hides $500 Billion ‘Immigration Tax’ In 495-Page Report

Officials at a prestigious private D.C.-based think-tank are trying to hide their data showing how immigration is imposing massive costs on wage-earners and on taxpayers.

The think-tank, titled The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, is not a government-run agency. It is a privately run think-tank which writes politically influential reports for government and private-sector funders. For example, the group’s new Sept. 22 immigration study was funded by the pro-immigration John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

The jargon-filled, much-caveated, 495-page report does show the information needed to measure how legal and illegal immigration transfers $500 billion a year from the wages paid to working-Americans towards companies, firms, Wall Street investors and to new immigrants. But the report does not provide a dollar figure for the ‘immigration tax.’

Deep in the report, but not in the press release, it shows how each new unskilled immigrant costs state and local taxpayers $1,600 per year. It shows how the annual cost of legal and illegal immigration to state and local taxpayer is at least $57 billion, and that each unskilled immigrant is a net loss to taxpayers for the next 75 years.

Hundreds of pages inside the report, but not in the summary, it shows that the latest wave of legal and illegal immigrants aren’t integrating to the U.S. economy as fast as prior generations, and sit hows that only university-trained foreign migrants can pay their way in the United States by taking white-collar jobs sought by university-trained Americans.

The group’s hide-the-cost spin was copied by The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal — but the report was mostly ignored by other media outlets amid the turmoil in Charlotte and the 2016 presidential campaign. Also, Breitbart News detailed much of the bad news in the report, one day before it was published on Sept. 22.

The critical details are difficult to find in the long report, but a useful guide has been published by one member of the committee which wrote the report. Prof. George Borjas, a Harvard expert on immigration, posted his easy-to-use guide on his website. The guide says that,

Unfortunately the report does not give a transparent estimate of the size of the wealth transfer from workers to firms, reporting instead that, on average, wages went down by 5.2 percent. It would be better if they had reported the number of dollars involved in that transfer. That number, it turns out, would be about $500 billion.

Cheap immigrant labor creates an “immigration surplus” — but the surplus is only one-tenth the size of the transfer from wage-earners to investors, says the report.

To summarize, in this simple theoretical model of the labor market, the influx of immigrants initially drives down wages but native incomes still rise in the aggregate due to the immigration surplus … the immigration surplus arises because the labor supplied by new immigrants makes native-owned capital more productive. Restating, immigration raises the return to capital, making capital more productive and increasing income to owners of capital …  using this methodology, implies that the current stock of immigrants lowered wages by 5.2 percent and generated an immigration surplus of $54.2 billion, representing a 0.31 percent overall increase in income that accrues to the native population.

The report, says Robert Rector, an economist at the Heritage Foundation, also shows the only other gain from immigration is “through technology innovation generated by patents from technically educated immigration.” But, Rector said, few immigrants develop new technology.

The bottom line is that only about a fifth of immigrants coming in have a college degrees, so the overwhelming bulk of the immigration doesn’t have any relationship to technology change. So, by and large, they’re basically saying [in the report] that the bulk of immigration does not have positive effects.

Advocates of immigration, including the directors of the new study, are obscuring those aspects of the study by hiding the costs in vague languages, and by touting other aspects — that more immigrants increases the overall size of the economy or that wage-losses by some Americans are offset by the gains to other Americans who hire cheaper labor.

“To the extent that negative impacts occur, they are most likely to be found for prior immigrants or native-born workers who have not completed high school—who are often the closest substitutes for immigrant workers with low skills,” said a statement from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

That vague and conditional sentence skirts a main conclusion that immigration cuts working Americans’ wages by roughly 5.2 percent per year, or a total of $500 billion per year. That $500 billion ‘immigration tax’ is scooped up by new low-wage immigrants and by the owners of companies which employ the new immigrants.

The committee’s leader added her pro-immigration spin to the press statement. “The panel’s comprehensive examination revealed many important benefits of immigration — including on economic growth, innovation, and entrepreneurship — with little to no negative effects on the overall wages or employment of native-born workers in the long term,” claimed Francine Blau, a professor at Cornell University. She did not describe the scale of the immigration tax or immigration’s impact on higher-skilled Americans.

When considering the costs to taxpayers, she hid her report’s data in more vague language. The “fiscal picture is more mixed, with negative effects especially evident at the state level when the costs of educating the children of immigrants are included,” she said.

But the study stretched out its economic forecast to three-quarters of a century, or 75 years, so that it could show some partial economic gains from low-skilled immigrants. “Projected over a future time horizon of 75 years, this analysis found that the fiscal impacts of immigrants are generally positive at the federal level and generally negative at the state and local level,” the statement said.  

Deep in the report, it says that state and local taxpayers lose at least $57 billion per year hosting the current wave of legal and illegal immigrants, because the migrants can’t earn enough money or pay enough taxes to fund the various benefits they and their children get from American taxpayers.

The group’s spin was accepted by The Wall Street Journal, which reported that;

“Immigration has little effect on the wages or employment levels of native-born Americans over the long haul and is a net benefit for long-term economic growth, according to one of the most comprehensive studies on the flow of workers into the U.S. …  The conclusion runs counter to a popular narrative suggesting immigrants take the jobs of U.S. citizens, though it does acknowledge some narrow costs. For example, the study highlights research showing that an influx of lower-skilled workers can lead to lower wages for earlier waves of immigrants and native-born high-school dropouts.

The New York Times also put a happy face on the report by printing the press statement’s description;

Do immigrants take jobs from Americans and lower their wages by working for less?

The answer, according to a report published on Wednesday by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, is no, immigrants do not take American jobs — but with some caveats…

  • “We found little to no negative effects on overall wages and employment of native-born workers in the longer term,” said Francine D. Blau, an economics professor at Cornell University who led the group that produced the … report.

The Times’ headline — “Immigrants Aren’t Taking Americans’ Jobs, New Study Finds” — is a diversion partly because the study’s main result was to show that Americans pay a huge cost for immigration via wage-cuts and increased tax expenditures, not via job losses.

Outside immigration experts, such as Jason Richwine, for example, quickly summarized the government-spending side of the huge report.

In all eight of the NAS’s [economic] scenarios, immigrants without a high school degree have a negative long-term impact [on government budgets]. Immigrants with only a high school degree have a negative impact in seven out of eight scenarios. College graduates, by contrast, have positive impacts across the board. So despite the varying assumptions and wide-ranging findings, the NAS’s long-term fiscal analysis does have a consensus take-away: Low-skill immigration results in a net cost for taxpayers, while high-skill immigration produces a net gain. That’s a lot of work for a not-too-surprising finding.

Also, The Washington Times reported

Immigration drains the government, sapping as much as $296 billion a year from federal, state and local taxpayers while depressing wages, at least in the short run, according to an authoritative study released Wednesday by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.

 Breitbart News has also shown how immigration slams white-collar workers.

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From Border Narcotics Intelligence – Central American Illegal Immigrants Continue to Flood U.S. Border at Record Rate

MCALLEN, Texas — Despite the many assurances provided by the Obama Administration, the flow of Central American illegal immigrants continues to climb and is expected to surpass previous records.

In terms of families illegally entering the country, the number has already surpassed the infamous 2014 amount when the sudden flow of illegal immigrants into south Texas set off a humanitarian crisis.

As Breitbart Texas has been reporting, the area known as the Rio Grande Valley has been pushed to the forefront of the illegal immigration debate. Mexican cartel smugglers have taken full advantage of the system in order to maximize their profits from human smuggling as well as the smuggling of illegal aliens. In 2014, Mexico’s Gulf Cartel was able to make approximately $38 million in a matter of months off human smuggling alone.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, of the 194,726 detained illegal immigrants from countries other than Mexico, 125,032 have been apprehended in the Rio Grande Valley (64 percent).

The most recent figures from U.S. Customs and Border Protection revealed that in the 2016 fiscal year, authorities have encountered 68,080 family units, the term used to describe underage immigrants accompanied by at least one adult relative. That figure is already higher than the 66,144 family units apprehended in 2014. In the case of underage immigrants, during 2016, authorities have apprehended 54,052, in comparison to the 66,115 underage immigrants detained in 2014.

The record-setting immigration issue, along with the lack of resources, is something agents have been warning about for some time. In May, Breitbart Texas reported on the spike in underage illegal immigrants being apprehended at the border. At the time, members of the National Border Patrol Council sounded the alarm. 

“We haven’t seen anything like this since the summer of 2014. The flow is increasing at an alarming rate. If we don’t do something to stem the massive influx, we will likely see numbers that eclipse those of 2014,” said US Border Patrol Agent Chris Cabrera speaking as Vice President for the NBPC Local 3307. “The cartel groups are tying us up on one end with the family groups and running their narcotics because we are caught up doing babysitting duties.”

Earlier this year, Breitbart Texas reported on how in the Laredo sector authorities had managed to apprehend 18,000 illegal immigrants in just five months. As Breitbart Texas has reported in the past, Laredo is one of the least secure border regions due to its proximity to populated areas, lack of physical barriers, limited use of technology and its diminished number of agents in the field.

In the Mexican border city of Reynosa, the criminal organization known as the Gulf Cartel has set up stash houses throughout the region to hold illegal immigrants in preparation for their trip over the river into Texas. The immigrants are taken west towards the area immediately south of Starr County. The area has been a bustling corridor due to its lack of physical barriers and its limited patrolling.

Last month, a van carrying 26 illegal immigrants from Central American countries crashed along a Mexican highway near Reynosa. The van had an armed escort that fled the scene. Five immigrants died at the scene of the crash and a sixth one died days later. In June, Breitbart Texas reported on how Mexican authorities had been able to detain dozens of illegal immigrants at those stash houses in Mexico. 

Once the cartel smugglers are able to bring illegal aliens over the Rio Grande, they move them to stash houses on the U.S. side where they hold them until they can be moved to their final destination. The journey to the stash house presents a security issued for individuals on the U.S side of the border. Breitbart Texas previously reported, if encountered by law enforcement,  human smugglers routinely flee and start high speed chases through small border cities such as La Joya, Sullivan City and others. The chases have often resulted in tragic crashes that have left dozens injured and resulted in multiple fatalities.

Ildefonso Ortiz is an award winning journalist with Breitbart Texas. He co-founded the Cartel Chronicles project and you can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.

This article has been updated to reflect additional information.

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Judicial Watch News Letter – DHS Gives Aliens from “Special Interest Countries” U.S. Citizenship

This is a more detailed summary of the illegal admission to citizenship for those Illegal Aliens that have been in the news.

As you know, we take a keen interest in the integrity of our elections, and we’re aware of efforts by the Obama administration to try to game the system by rushing through naturalizations to affect the elections.  This mad rush will surely result in abuses, as our Corruption Chronicles highlights:

In the latest of many gaffes at the mammoth agency created after 9/11 to keep the nation safe, at least 858 illegal immigrants with deportation orders were mistakenly granted U.S. citizenship. It gets better; the foreigners are from “special interest countries” of concern to national security, according to a federal audit that blasts the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Even for DHS, which is charged with preventing terrorist attacks but is well known for a multitude of security lapses, this seems like a bit much. The illegal immigrants fooled our nation’s Homeland Security agency by using different names or birthdates to apply for citizenship. It was that simple, which makes it even more frightening. “This happened because neither the digital fingerprint repository at DHS nor the repository at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) contains all old fingerprint records of individuals previously deported,” according to an announcement  released by the DHS Inspector General along with the scathing report. That means this could be the tip of the iceberg because there’s about 148,000 old fingerprint records of illegal aliens from special interest countries who had deportation orders or who are criminals or fugitives that are not available. This is because they have yet to be digitized so their fingerprints are missing from government databases.

That means a government adjudication officer doesn’t have access to all pertinent information when determining if certain foreigners with criminal histories qualify for citizenship. It’s as if the three stooges are in charge of national security. Worse yet, federal authorities have known about this security gap for years, the agency watchdog reveals, but little has been done to correct the problem. Back in 2008 Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which operates under DHS, identified 206 immigrants who used a different name or other biographical information to gain citizenship.

This didn’t seem to rattle the government enough to take action or at least pretend to investigate the illegal aliens, strip them of citizenship or prosecute them. Under the Immigration and Naturalization Act a federal court may revoke naturalization through a civil or criminal proceeding if the citizenship was obtained through fraud or misrepresentation. “However, few of these individuals have been investigated and subsequently denaturalized,” according to the DHS IG.

The consequences of this negligence could be dramatic. At least three of the immigrants who fraudulently gained citizenship obtained credentials to work in secure areas of commercial airports or seaports, the DHS watchdog writes in its report. A fourth person is actually a law enforcement officer, though the report fails to identify where. “This situation created opportunities for individuals to gain the rights and privileges of U.S. citizenship through fraud,” DHS Inspector General John Roth said. “To prevent fraud and ensure thorough review of naturalization applications, USCIS needs access to these fingerprint records.” DHS has “plans” to digitize and upload all available fingerprint records and review the eligibility of naturalized citizens whose fingerprint records reveal a deportation order under a different identity, the watchdog says, though no timeline is offered.

Judicial Watch has reported on DHS’s transgressions over the years, including its failure to deport a number of illegal immigrants with criminal records who ended up committing heinous crimes. Among them is a drunken illegal alien from Bolivia who killed a nun in Virginia despite having a substantial criminal history. Last summer a Haitian illegal immigrant who had spent 17 years in prison for attempted murder, savagely stabbed a young woman in Norwich, Connecticut because DHS didn’t follow through with removing him from the country.

Just this month an illegal immigrant member of the notoriously violent MS-13 street gang murdered a teenager in Gaithersburg, Maryland even though he had been deported twice in the last two years. Clearly, DHS didn’t follow through with the order. Last year Judicial Watch sued the DHS IG for records regarding a terrorist “hands off” list used by the Obama administration to allow individuals to enter the U.S. who had previously been barred because of suspected terrorist ties.

President Obama has made a mockery of our immigration system, twisting it to serve his own globalist and political passions. Not only is our physical safety at risk, but also the trustworthiness of the upcoming election is increasingly suspect.

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Judicial Watch Update – More Testimony Set in Clinton Email Scandal

The quest for the truth and accountability in the Clinton email scandal is far from over.  Our attorneys have just the deposition of the John Bentel left, the State Department’s former Director of Information Resource Management of the Executive Secretariat (“S/ES-IRM”), the office that handles information technology for the Office of the Secretary. The deposition ordered by U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan is scheduled for October 24 at 10am.   You should also know that our legal team and Hillary Clinton’s attorneys agreed that Hillary Clinton would have two additional weeks – until October 13 — to produce written, sworn answers under oath to pending Judicial Watch questions.

Judicial Watch requested Bentel’s deposition as part of a request for additional discovery into the Clinton email matter.

In Judge Sullivan’s August 19, 2016, ruling  granting the Judicial Watch’s request, the judge cited significant discrepancies in Bentel’s previous statements on the Clinton email system:

The Court is persuaded that Mr. Bentel should be deposed because the record in this case appears to contradict his sworn testimony  before the [House Select] Benghazi Committee. . . . Specifically, Mr. Bentel testified that he was not aware that Secretary Clinton’s email account was housed on a private server until media reports in 2015. . . . However, several emails indicate Mr. Bentel knew about the private server as early as 2009.

Judge Sullivan also wrote that Bentel should be deposed because a May, 2016 State Department Office Inspector General’s report found:

Mr. Bentel told employees in his office that Secretary Clinton’s email arrangement had been approved by the State Department’s legal staff and also instructed his subordinates not to discuss the Secretary’s email again.

In one meeting, one staff member raised concerns that information sent and received on Secretary Clinton’s account could contain Federal records that needed to be preserved in order to satisfy Federal recordkeeping requirements. According to the staff member, the Director stated that the Secretary’s personal system had been reviewed and approved by Department legal staff and that the matter was not to be discussed any further. . . . According to the other S/ES-IRM staff member who raised concerns about the server, the Director stated that the mission of S/ES-IRM is to support the Secretary and instructed the staff never to speak of the Secretary’s personal email system again.

We’ll also be soon getting sworn answers from Hillary Clinton.  On August 30, we submitted questions to her concerning her email practices.  Clinton’s answers, under oath, were due on September 29.  But Hillary Clinton requested from Judicial Watch two additional weeks to respond because of the unavailability of counsel and the press of campaign business, among other reasons.  Her sworn answers are now due October 13.  (Judge Sullivan orderedClinton to answer the questions “by no later than thirty days thereafter….” )

The Bentel deposition and Clinton discovery questions arise in a Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit first filed in September 2013 seeking records about the controversial employment status of Huma Abedin, former Deputy Chief of Staff to Clinton.  The lawsuit was reopened  because of revelations about the system.  (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:13-cv-01363)).

Judicial Watch has already taken the deposition testimony of seven Clinton aides and State Department officials.

So you can see how our quest to learn the truth about Hillary Clinton’s email scheme is far from over and, in fact, is getting hotter than ever.

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Judicial Watch Update FOIA – Pressure Continues To Mount On Hillary Clinton Emails

My Judicial Watch attorney colleagues appeared today in federal court for a hearing into how quickly Judicial Watch and the American people can see the Hillary Clinton emails recovered by the FBI that Clinton deleted or otherwise did not turn over to the State Department.

The hearing in our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit before U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of State  (No. 1:15-cv-00687)) seeking:

Any and all emails sent or received by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in her official capacity as Secretary of State during her tenure as Secretary of State.

The timeframe for this request is February 2, 2009 to January 31, 2013.

The State Department recently agreed to search and produce to Judicial Watch  all responsive, non-exempt emails sent or received by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that were uncovered by the FBI in its investigation of Clinton and her use of off-grid email system.

In fact, the State Department today confirmed that the FBI discovered 15,100 new Clinton emails. In late October, Judge Boasberg ordered the State Department to report to the court the volume of records from disk one (of seven at issue) that it has reviewed and be prepared to commit to a production schedule for today’s hearing.

Today’s hearing resulted in a decision by Judge James Boasberg ordering the Department of State to begin processing at least 1,050 pages of Hillary Clinton emails recovered by the FBI and provide Judicial Watch all non-exempt documents before November 4.

The State Department admitted that it has 5,600 Clinton emails recovered by the FBI that were government documents and not personal emails as she claimed. The public deserves to know what is in those emails, well before November 8, and the State Department should not continue dragging its feet on producing them.  The State Department admitted in court today it pulled staff off of Clinton email Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. The American people need to pressure State to stop sitting on these new Clinton emails for political reasons and release them as the law requires.  It is outrageous the State Department has had these new Clinton emails since late July, but has only released 5 records.

The court ordered State to process the first 350 pages of documents by October 7, the second 350 pages by October 21, and the third by November 4.  (The State Department claims a substantial number of the Clinton emails may be duplicative or near-duplicative of emails Hillary Clinton previously turned over to the State Department.)

The Wall Street Journal reported our reaction right after this morning’s hearing:

After the judge’s order, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said that “the American people could be deprived of this information at this essential time.”

“This is an absolutely corrupt process the State Department has come up with,” he said, blaming the department for the continuing delays.

But thanks only to JW, there are potentially many more emails that will be available despite Hillary Clinton’s email delete-a-thon.  We’ll be sure to update you when we finally begin receiving material next month.

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