Invaded by Illegal Immigrants

Insider Monkey, November 1, 2010

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A study by Harvard professor G. Borjas states that illegal immigrants hurt the unskilled population in the areas they moved into and benefited the other residents because the services previously provided by unskilled locals could now be purchased at a lower price. Any economist would tell you that an increase in the supply of unskilled labor will depress the wages for those services. It wouldn’t be a stretch to claim that unskilled illegal immigrants are one of the factors causing poverty {snip}.

{snip} Insider Monkey, your source for free insider trading data, compiled the number of illegal immigrants in each state and calculated the change between 2005 and 2009 (We used Pew Hispanic Center’s data, which was derived from Census data). {snip} Here are the 10 states to where illegal immigrants are heading in large numbers:

10. Tie Between Wisconsin and Ohio: 20 thousand more illegal immigrants reside in each of Wisconsin and Ohio. This is a 20% increase, and the eleventh highest in the nation.

9. Missouri: 20 thousand more illegal immigrants reside in Missouri in 2009 compared to 2005. {snip}

8. Connecticut: 25 thousand more illegal immigrants live in Connecticut in 2009 compared to 2005. {snip}

7. Oregon: 30 thousand more illegal immigrants live in Oregon in 2009 compared to 2005. {snip}

6. New Mexico: 30 thousand more illegal immigrants reside in New Mexico in 2009 compared to 2005. {snip}

5. Indiana: 35 thousand more illegal immigrants reside in Indiana in 2009 compared to 2005. This 41% increase is the sixth highest in the nation.

4. Louisiana: 40 thousand more illegal immigrants live in Louisiana in 2009 compared to 2005. This 160% increase is the highest in the nation.

3. Alabama: 70 thousand more illegal immigrants live in Alabama in 2009. This 117% increase is the second highest percentage increase.

2. Illinois: 175 thousand more illegal immigrants live currently in Illinois compared to 2005. {snip}

1. Texas: 200 thousand more illegal immigrants live currently in Texas compared to 2005. {snip}

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