CHICAGO — The reason immigrant appreciation efforts, like the “Day Without Immigrants” events this past February, fall flat is because few people really feel any pain.
Sure, some may have faced the minor inconvenience of not eating at their favorite restaurant, but it barely made a ripple on most non-immigrants’ day-to-day lives.
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Even worse: Some immigrants were fired from their jobs for failing to show up for work. And, in some places, the protest-related school absences were considered a positive — such as at one school in Riverside County, California, where the teachers took to Facebook to crow about how awesome it was to have the Hispanic students absent that day.
Alas, the real economic impact of immigrants largely goes unnoticed when it matters most — at tax time.
If the immigration hard-liners magically got their way and the nation’s illegal
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