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 Ã¢â‚¬Å“catch an illegal immigrantÃ¢â‚¬Â events all around the U.S.
The Ã¢â‚¬Å“catch an illegal immigrantÃ¢â‚¬Â game works like this: College Republicans give a nametag that says Ã¢â‚¬Å“illegal immigrantÃ¢â‚¬Â 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 TorresÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ 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