Prof. Michael Baker
28 April 2018
Davidson, Adam. “Do Illegal Immigrants Actually Hurt the U.S. Economy?” The New York Times, The New York Times, 12 Feb. 2013, www.nytimes.com/2013/02/17/magazine/do-illegal-immigrants-actually-hurt-the-us-economy.html. In this article from NY times Adam Davidson talks about the effects illegal immigration has on the economy and how immigrants are responsible for driving the wages of the citizens down. To give us more insight about what he meant by driving the wages down, he mentions and talks about an illegal immigrant named Pedro Chan who lives in New York City “Chan helps skilled (and fully documented) carpenters, electricians and stucco installers do their jobs by carrying heavy things and cleaning the work site. For this, he earns up to $25,000 a year, which is considerably less than the average entry wage for New York City’s 100,000 or so documented construction workers. Chan’s boss, who spoke on the condition of anonymity said long as there are thousands of undocumented workers competing for low-end jobs, salaries are more likely to fall than to rise.” This is a serious issue we need to take look at as if a worker is ready to work for one fourth the price of the average wage it would certainly won’t boost the economy and cause hardships for legally documented workers and citizens of the country and adding to that, according to the article undocumented workers add about 3 billion dollars to services like health care and public services without actually paying any tax or social security tax.