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Tax Day: Do you know your numbers on the economy and immigration?

April 15, 2009 - Posted by Katherine Vargas

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Anti-immigration pundits (read Lou Dobbs, Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck) and anti-immigrant groups have continued to manipulate numbers to perpetuate negative perceptions of immigrants, exacerbate economic security concerns and further their restrictionist agenda. Today, America’s Voice is testing how much we trust these numbers through an “immigration tax day quiz”, a quiz that tests our knowledge of the economic impact of immigration reform. The quiz was also featured on the Daily Kos, some of the questions include:


  • America spends more to crack down on immigrants than to monitor Wall Street. Washington’s priorities have been way out of whack for the last 8 years, but this one is particularly striking. What are the budgets for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), respectively? 


You can take the quick tax day immigration quiz at:


You could also cheat and read key facts behind immigration reform based on estimates by independent institutions like the Congressional Budget Office, the Joint Committee on Taxation and the U.S. Department of Labor. As it turns out, the sooner we get people into the system, paying taxes, and protected by US labor laws the better it is for all workers and all employers who want to play by the rules.  No wonder the two major U.S. labor union federations, AFL-CIO and Change to Win, joined forces to push for immigration reform.  They realize that legalizing undocumented workers would be an effective way to preserve and advance workers rights.

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