White House points to decades-old date on immigration benefits

The White House on Friday partially relied on data from a contested decades-old study to tout the economic benefits of President Obama’s executive order on immigration.

A press release from the Obama administration argued that the president’s plan—which defers deportation and grants work permits to as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants—will modestly boost total economic output and annual wages for U.S.-born workers by 2024. His actions will also have a negligible effect on the employment rates of native workers, the release said.

Damian Paletta with the Wall Street Journal noted that the White House relied on data from its Council of Economic Advisers (CEA). Numerous studies offer conflicting evidence about the effects of immigration on the wages and employment of U.S.-born workers.
 Source: Washington Free Beacon
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