A game with no winner

The California Democratic Party Chairman Art Torres is demanding the Republican National Committee chairman Mel Martinez and the California Republican Party Chairman Ron Nehring condemn the actions of the College Republicans, who have been holding “catch an illegal immigrant” events all around the U.S.

The “catch an illegal immigrant” game works like this: College Republicans give a nametag that says “illegal immigrant” to one person, and players search the campus to find him. The winner gets a prize. The purpose is to incite excitement in the students searching and anger in those who find the game racist and wrong.

From Torres’ press release:

Two studies released this week demonstrate that, in the words of one of the researchers, “there are grossly distorted perceptions between what people think about immigrants and the reality.”

Not only do immigrants not take native jobs, they actually help boost wages and push natives UP the economic ladder, the research showed.

According to the Los Angeles Times, “A study released Tuesday by the Public Policy Institute of California found that immigrants who arrived in the state between 1990 and 2004 increased wages for native workers by an average 4%…” and another study “released Monday by the Washington-based Immigration Policy Center showed that immigrant men ages 18 to 39 had an incarceration rate five times lower than native-born citizens in every ethnic group examined,” dispelling the myth that immigration leads to more crime. (Los Angeles Times, February 28, 2007)


Link to PPIC study: http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=737

Among PPIC findings — 1) There is no evidence that the influx of immigrants over the past four decades has worsened the employment opportunities of natives with similar education and experience, 2) There is no association between the influx of immigrants and the out-migration of natives within the same education and age group, 3) Immigration induced a 4 percent real wage increase for the average native worker between 1990 and 2004.

Link to Immigration Policy Center Study: http://www.ailf.org/ipc/special_report/sr_022107.pdf

  4 comments for “A game with no winner

  1. March 1, 2007 at 8:06 am

    Why am I not surprised?

  2. Dan Chmielewski
    March 1, 2007 at 8:59 am

    How might they like the game “find the neocon” or “find the WMDs?” I’m for stronger enforcement of illegal immigration by massive fines to businesses who hire them and reforming immigration to make it easier for foreign nationals to come here and work legally and pay taxes.

  3. Lee Lemke
    March 3, 2007 at 12:35 am

    There are many more studies that show just the opposite of these 2 studies. Of course liberals only see what they want to see. Even those 2 studies did not talk about all the costs that illegals drop on taxpayers. They only addressed boosting wages. Think about it a minute. Logic should tell you that the conclusions are ridiculous. How could wages be pushed up when competition is increased? Also, they talked only about immigrants. They did not address only illegal immigrants. Nice try! Liberals conveniently blur the distinction. Dan, while I want employer verification of employee’s legality, don’t put all the responsibility on employers. Bring more here legally? Most of the current illegals don’t make enough to pay taxes. That is why they are such a burden on taxpayers. —medical costs, anchor babies etc. It is not a racial issue. It is a legal issue. Just because most of the illegals are Hispanic does not make it a racial issue. That is just an excuse to try to justify lawbreaking.

  4. March 3, 2007 at 8:08 am

    Lee Lemke,

    The “there are many more studies that show just the opposite” line isn’t credible without links.

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