LITTLE ROCK, AR - A new study concludes that manufacturers in Arkansas would have a hard time doing without the immigrants in the state's work force. The study released yesterday also says those immigrants generate more revenue for state government than the expense of providing services to them.
But the study by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation also says that about half of Arkansas' growing immigrant population is illegally in this country.
The study found that two-thirds of Arkansas's immigrant population is from Mexico and Latin America, and most work primarily in the poultry and meat-processing industry. Without this labor force, the study says state manufacturers and other companies would lose about $1.4 billion in production a year and pay $95 million for higher wages.