If Donald Trump follows through with his plan to deport the millions of people in the United States illegally, it could cost the country hundreds of billions of dollars in the private sector alone, according to a study released Thursday by the American Action Forum, a conservative think tank.
Of the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, approximately 6.8 million are employed, according to government data as of 2012.
Rounding them up and deporting them, even temporarily, would result in a decrease of $381.5 billion to $623.2 billion of economic output in the private sector alone, the non-profit said in its analysis. The group notes that would represent anywhere from a 2.9 percent to 4.7 percent reduction in total annual output from the private sector.
In 2012 roughly 6.8 million employed workers in the private sector were undocumented immigrants, making up 5.6 percent of all employed people in the private sector. We estimate the direct economic cost of removing these workers from the labor force. We find that even if native and lawful foreign-born residents were to fill jobs left by undocumented immigrants, there were not nearly enough unemployed workers in 2012 to offset a loss of all 6.8 million employed undocumented workers. As a result, the U.S. private sector would face a substantial labor decline. Based on 2012 workforce and production levels, we find that:
Private sector employment would fall by 4 million to 6.8 million workers
This worker decline by itself would reduce private industry output by between $381.5 billion and $623.2 billion.
Moreover, we find that removing all undocumented immigrant workers would disproportionally affect industries that rely heavily on them. The industries most strained would include agriculture, construction, and leisure and hospitality.
"rely heavily on them" !!! Inte kan det väl vara så illa så att delar av den amerikanska industrin är baserad på illegal invandring, eller .... ?