New Study Shows Impact of 2006 Swift Raids | Homeland Security Digital Library Weblog

The Center for Immigration Studies has released a new backgrounder on the December 2006 Swift Raids. During the raids, the largest immigration enforcement actions in U.S. history, approximately 1300 illegal immigrates were arrested. This backgrounder examines the aftermath of the raids. Findings include the following: the plants were capable of operating at full capacity without illegal workers; after the raids, the number of legal workers significantly increased; wages rose at the plants after the illegal immigrants departed; worker pay has a small impact on consumer prices; and high turnover rates place high stress on local communities.