Day Without Immigrants
May 2nd, 2006

Photo By Susan Sipprelle

To the editorial writers at El Diario, yesterdays Day Without Immigrants demonstrations and boycott were an exhilarating show of unity and power. To those at the New York Post, they amounted to a nationwide temper tantrum in service of a not-very-subtle effort to nullify the law. The Daily News says the day of demonstrations, in which immigrants were asked to stay home from work, proved the foolishness of addressing illegal immigration by deportations and prosecutionsWhat would happen in the city if every illegal immigrant were given the boot? First, the population would fall by as many as 650,000 people, pushing the census back to roughly 7.5 million. Neighborhoods would empty, buildings would be abandoned and property values would drop. Segments of the economy, such as manufacturing, construction, restaurants and health care, would take huge hits as roughly 10% of the labor force disappeared.

By on May 2, 2006, 6:48 am
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3 Responses to “Day Without Immigrants”

  1. PoliticalCritic Says:
    May 3rd, 2006 at 2:18 pm

    I’d be more than willing to take a hit in the construction and restaurant industry if it means we get rid of the illegals.

    The argument that property values would drop is not entirely true. If you’re illegal, you shouldn’t be able to own property. Therefore, it would affect the rental market and it would be a positive to renters. A glut of supply would mean that rents would decline markedly.

    Also, unemployment would decline further, which would rapidly raise wages.

    So it is not all negative. Point out the positive aspects of kicking out 650,000 people who are mooching off the legal tax-paying citizens.

  2. Syed Zeeshan Says:
    June 2nd, 2006 at 1:19 pm

    Illegal immigrants should’nt be thrown out of the country as America is known worldwide as the country of Immigrants,and besides they abide by the US law and boom US why deport them?I would say legalise them and make the US laws more flexible and immigrant-friendly.

  3. Kristie Hanten Says:
    August 26th, 2013 at 6:56 am

    like reading the blog and remember that the trip you are on wish make a very significant journey toward the well-being of others. Give thanks!

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