This section of the editorial particularly caught my eye:
Everyone would do well to take note of a recent study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that was outlined in the Washington Post. Although specific to North Carolina, it mirrors similar studies in Texas, Arkansas and other states.
Hispanic immigrants in North Carolina, both illegal and legal, paid $756 million in state taxes and contributed more than $9 billion to the state’s economy in 2004. They are responsible for booming North Carolina exports to Latin America that have created 70,000 jobs.
Meanwhile, since most immigrants are young to middle-age adults, they won’t collect Social Security or Medicare for years to come. And the sales taxes they pay and the income taxes deducted from paychecks help fund education, transportation and other public services.
But logic, not to mention facts, don’t seem to matter much in this debate.
Andy in Harrisburg