Border Crisis Boosts US Economy, Sparks Wage Concerns

The crisis at the southern border has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride for the U.S., but hey, at least the economy got a little boost, right? According to former White House economic adviser Ernie Tedeschi, the recovery from the pandemic recession has been tearing it up on the dance floor, and guess who’s been cutting the rug with Uncle Sam? Foreign-born workers, that’s who!

Tedeschi’s report shook things up by claiming that the U.S. real gross domestic product has shot up like a rocket by 8.2% since the good ol’ days of 2019, and would you believe that at least one-fifth of that growth can be attributed to the immigrant population? It’s like the U.S. economy got supercharged with a dose of international flair!

But hold on to your hats, folks, because not everyone is doing the happy dance. Eric Ruark, the research director for immigration think tank NumbersUSA, thinks these reports are as lopsided as a three-legged race. According to Ruark, sure, immigration might have pumped up the overall GDP, but it’s also put the squeeze on per capita GDP. That’s just a fancy way of saying that U.S. workers might end up taking a hit in the wallet.

And if that’s not enough to make you do a double take, former federal immigration Judge Andrew R. Arthur is dropping truth bombs left and right, suggesting that American workers, both born and bred right here in the good ol’ U.S. of A., could find their wages taking a serious detour into the land of Depressedville. Ouch.

But wait, there’s more! Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA) swoops in with a defense for the boost in foreign workers, claiming businesses in his neck of the woods are in desperate need of helping hands. According to him, businesses in Orange County are struggling to find folks willing and able to work, and in swoop the immigrants to save the day. Correa even gave a nod to a Republican lawmaker who was singing the praises of Ukrainian workers, claiming they’re productive and reliable. And the secret ingredient to their success? Work permits. Now, why didn’t Uncle Sam think of that?

Correa believes the U.S. is sitting on a goldmine of immigrant potential, but with the current rigmarole of work permits and legal hoopla, these hardworking folks are being left out in the cold. The Biden administration, in an election year no less, has been caught in the crossfire of this heated debate. With no clear-cut solution in sight, the battle rages on, leaving the economy and immigrant workers caught in the middle of a political pinata. Sheesh, talk about a wild ride!

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