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Impacts of immigration

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Dear Editor:Regarding “Do immigrants help or harm the economy?” (Aspen Times, Aug. 2), clearly, immigrants earning at or near the minimum wage do not help the economy for a number of reasons.1. Many are paid “off the books,” with no income tax withheld. 2. Many use emergency care facilities for routine care, paying nothing. 3. Immigrants have a far higher birth rate, thus greater impact on schools. 4. Immigrants are more likely to join street gangs and criminal activities. 5. Immigrants send billions to their home countries, bypassing our economy. 6. Studies by Harvard and Rice professors and the National Academy of Science all show that immigrants cost taxpayers more than they contribute.Finally, immigration is driving our population to record levels and are estimated to reach 500 million by 2050 and over a billion by 2100, which will reduce the United States to Third-World status.Byron SlaterSan Diego, Calif.

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