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PRESS CALL ADVISORY: A Rising Tide or a Shrinking Pie: The Economic Impact of Legalization Versus Deportation in Arizona
Press Advisory

PRESS CALL ADVISORY: A Rising Tide or a Shrinking Pie: The Economic Impact of Legalization Versus Deportation in Arizona

Press Contacts

  • Christina DiPasquale

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Washington, D.C. — Just last week, a coalition of 60 prominent business leaders in Arizona petitioned Arizona State Senate President Russell Pearce to halt the barrage of restrictive immigration measures, arguing the legislation would drive Arizona’s economy into a deeper fiscal hole. The Center for American Progress and the Immigration Policy Center will unveil a new report, “A Rising Tide or a Shrinking Pie: The Economic Impact of Legalization Versus Deportation in Arizona,” which proves the point made by Arizona business leaders—a mass deportation of undocumented immigrants in Arizona would be economically devastating to the state if successful.

The joint CAP and IPC analysis reveals that deporting large numbers of undocumented immigrants in Arizona would lead to a large decrease in total employment for immigrants and native-born workers alike, thereby contracting the state’s economy and resulting in a significant loss of tax revenue. Conversely, a legalization program—requiring all undocumented immigrants to register, undergo background checks, pay taxes, and learn English—would create jobs, increase employment, and boost tax revenues.

Please join Angela M. Kelley, Vice President for Immigration Policy and Advocacy at the Center for American Progress, and Dr. Raúl Hinojosa Ojeda, founding director of the North American Integration and Development, or NAID Center, at the University of California, Los Angeles, to discuss the real numbers behind the immigration debate in Arizona.

What: Press call to discuss the findings of the CAP and IPC joint report, demonstrating the economic disadvantages of deportation and advantages of legalization.

Who:

When: Thursday, March 24, 2011, at 12:00 p.m. EST

Call info: 877.210.8943

Conference ID: 54058261

RSVP: Please contact Christina DiPasquale at 202.481.8181 or via email at cdipasquale@americanprogress.org.

**Please note, this call will be recorded. By participating in the call, you consent to be recorded.**

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