UA expert: Poverty drives illegal immigration – Green Valley News & Sun
By Jim Lamb, Green Valley News
Published: Saturday, March 8, 2008 8:39 PM MST
Poverty is the major driving force of immigration, a University of Arizona researcher told a Green Valley audience, but no one can seem to eradicate it.Judith Gans of the university’s Udall Center for Study of Public Policy said many of the concerns about immigration are well known, but recently the discussion has moved to the front burner.
A few quotes from this article:
We’re aware of the migration of Mexican workers to Arizona, but “migration is a worldwide phenomenon, not just in Mexico,” Gans said.
Having a large population of low-paid immigrant workers can be costly to states like Arizona, but overall the economy benefits from their work. The money they spend and the taxes they pay outweigh the costs of services they receive.