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Debating the upside of amnesty for immigrants

Questions over whether benefits outweigh costs

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. — Nearly 20 years after he arrived penniless from Mexico, Moises owns two restaurants, with a third on the way. He has five employees, an American wife, and a stepdaughter. His food has a following on Yelp.com.

What Moises does not have is US citizenship, or even a green card permitting him to reside legally in the United States. So he inhabits an economic netherworld, shuttling between his establishments on the bus and train because he cannot get a driver’s license and making do without bank loans or credit cards even as he files for zoning permits and incorporation papers.

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