LA Times story says ramping up enforcement will hurt economy

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From August 11, 2007

A story in the Los Angeles Times says that the ramping up of immigration enforcement will damage the economy.

WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff predicted painful economic fallout from the array of immigration enforcement measures the administration unveiled Friday in an attempt to choke off the jobs “magnet” that draws illegal immigrants.

Hindsight from April 11, 2009

The recession officially started in December 2007. While many speculative bubbles existed at different levels of the economy the waning participation of real dollars in the economy by the immigrant population surely contributed to our current economic crisis. Reckless enforcement of immigration can be just as damaging to the greater good as shirking the duty to provide ongoing reasonable regulation and enforcment of immigration (or anything else).