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The Burden of Immigration: Confusing Statistics on Hispanics and Illegal Immigrants

Joseph Coletti
Jun. 21st, 2006
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As the debate about immigration continues, all involved need to be aware of the limitations of existing statistics. Hispanics are about 6 percent of the state’s population and growing. Illegal immigrants make up an estimated 45 percent of the state’s Hispanic population, but 76 percent of recent entrants. The economic and government service usage effects of Hispanics on the state are also significant, but the impact of illegal immigrants is less clear.

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