The blog announced last week that the  pro-immigrant alliance Arkansas Friendship Coalition will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. today at the state Capitol to publicize a study by the Oklahoma Bankers Association on the downside to new laws there to expel illegals. Its study says the resulting exodus has created a worker shortage and production cutbacks and projects an annual reduction in Gross State Product of about $1.8 billion dollars.

Now a New York Times editorial says that illegal immigrants, who pay into Social Security but rarely collect and whose legal children will provide new revenues for the system — a new baby boom — are saving the retirement fund. Another New York Times article in its business section elaborates.