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Immigrant Legalization: Assessing the Labor Market Effects

Public Policy Institute of California report authored by Laura E. Hill, Magnus Lofstrom, and Joseph M. Hayes, 2010. This report finds that legalizing most currently unauthorized immigrants would not lead to dramatic changes in the labor market, either for unauthorized immigrants or for native workers. It also finds little evidence to support the view that such a step would have significant effects on the broader economy, particularly on tax revenues or public assistance programs.  Read More... (PDF)

Reality Check: Immigrants and Health Care

Immigration Policy Center news release, 2009. As the current debate on health care rages in town halls across the nation, immigration is being used as a way to jam a stick into the wheels of impending reform. Some are scapegoating immigrants as a way to thwart progress on the issue and are arguing that even legal immigrants be restricted from our health system.  Read More... (PDF)

Looking Forward: Immigrant Contributions to the Golden State

Report by the California Immigrant Policy Center, 2009. Information about immigrants in California.  Read More... (PDF)

The Workforce America Needs for Recovery and Beyond

Essential Worker Immigration Coalition position paper, 2009. For employers who depend on immigrant workers, the most important element of reform is a program to supply the U.S. economy with the workers it needs. This goal can best be met by a provisional visa program that gives employers, not the government, the primary say in which workers they need and gives the U.S. labor market, not Congress or a commission, the primary say in how many workers enter the country annually in a legal program.  Read More... (PDF)

Restriction or Legalization? Measuring the Economic Benefits of Immigration Reform

Report authored by Peter B. Dixon and Maureen T. Rimmer of the Cato Institute, 2009. This study finds that increased enforcement and reduced low-skilled immigration have a significant negative impact on the income of U.S. households. Modest savings in public expenditures would be more than offset by losses in economic output and job opportunities for more-skilled American workers.  Read More... (PDF)

Public Opinion on Immigration

Fact sheet by ImmigrationWorks USA, 2009. Only a small minority of voters hold strongly anti-immigrant views.  Read More... (PDF)

Untying the Knot (Part I of III): The Unemployment and Immigration Disconnect

Report by the Immigration Policy Center of the American Immigration Law Foundation, 2009. There is little apparent relationship between unemployment and the presence of recent immigrants at the regional, state, or county level in the United States.  Read More... (PDF)

Untying the Knot (Part II of III): Immigration and Native-Born Unemployment Across Racial/Ethnic Groups

Report by the Immigration Policy Center of the American Immigration Law Foundation, 2009. In fact, there is little apparent relationship between recent immigration and unemployment rates among African Americans, or any other native-born racial/ethnic group, at the state or metropolitan level.  Read More... (PDF)

Untying the Knot (Part III of III): The Disparity Between Immigrant Workers and Unemployed Natives

Report by the Immigration Policy Center of the American Immigration Law Foundation, 2009. Even during a time of economic recession and high unemployment, most native-born workers do not compete with most immigrants for the same jobs.  Read More... (PDF)

As Immigrants Move In, Americans Move Up.

Report authored by Daniel Griswold, director of the Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute, July 21, 2009. Members of Congress should not reject market-oriented immigration reform because of misguided fears about “importing poverty.”  Read More... (PDF)

A Commission to Regulate Immigration? A Bad Idea Whose Time Should Not Come

Policy brief published by the National Foundation for American Policy, May 2009. U.S. employers should oppose any immigration legislation that includes a commission to regulate the future flow of high and low-skilled foreign workers. Such a commission is likely to harm U.S. competitiveness, push more work outside the United States, fail to reduce illegal immigration and will increase the number of immigrants who die each year at the border due to a lack of legal avenues to work in America.  Read More... (PDF)

Common Sense, Common Interests: Combining Work Permits and Bilateral Agreements to Reduce Illegal Immigration, Enhance Security and Save Lives at the Border

Policy brief authored by Stuart Anderson and published by the National Foundation for American Policy, May 2009. Neither legalizing those in the United States illegally nor increasing immigration enforcement will reduce illegal immigration or limit immigrant deaths at the border. A different approach is needed or else Congress will remain deadlocked or, even worse, pass a bill that fails to address the core problem that drives illegal immigration – the lack of legal avenues for lesser-skilled individuals from Mexico and Central America to work in the United States. The only way that issue can be addressed is through increased use of temporary visas.  Read More... (PDF)

At What Cost?: Conservatives Should Rethink Their Opposition to “Comprehensive” Immigration Reform

Article by Richard Nadler in the National Review, February 23, 2009. Conservatives should stop trying to remove 12 million illegal aliens from American soil, either by rounding them up or by inducing them to “self-deport.”  Read More... (LINK)

Immigrants and the Labor Market

Fact sheet released by the Public Policy Institute of California, 2008.  Read More... (PDF)

How Immigrants Affect California Employment and Wages

Report authored by Giovanni Peri and published by the Public Policy Institute of California, 2007. Immigrants evidently do not increase the tendency of natives with similar skills (education and experience) to migrate out of state or to lose jobs. Moreover, between 1960 and 2004, immigration had a much more negative effect on the wages of previous immigrants than on those of native workers.  Read More... (PDF)

Voters Favor Creating Opportunities to Legalize the Status of Illegal Residents and Back Policies Aimed at Reducing the Flow of Immigrants into the Country. Narrow Majority Supports Recent Federal Roundups of Illegal Immigrants. Growing Opposition to a Border Fence.

Report authored by Mark DiCamillo and Mervin Field for the Field Research Corporation, April 10, 2007. California voters continue to view illegal immigration as a serious problem, hold some rather clear views about what should be done in many areas.  Read More... (PDF)

The Growth and Reach of Immigration: New Census Bureau Data Underscore the Importance of Immigration in the U.S. Labor Force.

Report authored by Rob Paral and published by the American Immigration Law Foundation, 2006.  Read More... (PDF)

The Size and Characteristics of the Unauthorized Migrant Population in the U.S.: Estimates Based on the March 2005 Current Population Survey

Report authored by Jeffrey S. Passel of the Pew Hispanic Center, 2006  Read More... (PDF)

Immigrants, Skills, and Wages: Measuring the Economic Gains from Immigration

Report authored by Giovanni Peri and published by the Immigration Policy Center, 2006. Foreign-born workers do not substitute perfectly for, and therefore do not compete with, most native-born workers.  Read More... (PDF)

Rethinking the Effects of Immigration on Wages

Report authored by Giovanni Peri, Ph.D., for the Immigration Policy Center. Download PDF...

Immigration and American's Future: A New Chapter

Executive summary of a September 2006 report by the Independent Task Force on Immigration and America's Future. Read More...

Five Myths Regarding Immigrants And Comprehensive Immigration Reform In The U.S.

Myth number 1: Giving illegal immigrants an opportunity at earned adjustment is the same thing as granting them amnesty. False, and here is why: Read More... (PDF)

The Economics Of Necessity: Economic Report Of The President Underscores The Importance Of Immigration

Although immigration is crucial to the growth of the U.S. labor force and yields a net fiscal benefit to the U.S. economy, current immigration policies fail to respond to actual labor demand. Read More... (PDF)

Why A Temporary Worker Program With The Option Of Earned Adjustment Is Not An Amnesty Program

Amnesty, by definition, is a pardon, free pass, granted to a large group of individuals without any consideration in return for the amnesty. Earned adjustment, often referred to as earned legalization, is not amnesty, nor an automatic fix; rather, undocumented immigrants must earn legal status. Earned adjustment/legalization is in essence a work-benefits program where... Read More... (PDF)

The Undeniable And Indispensable Contributions Undocumented Immigrants Make Into The Social Security System

Undocumented workers often present potential employers with false documents in order to secure a job. Employers must accept these documents if they are "facially valid," and employers are not permitted to ask for additional documentation of an applicant's authorization to work. Once hired, these workers typically are treated like any other, with Social Security and income taxes withheld. Read More... (PDF)

Economic Growth & Immigration: Bridging The Demographic Divide

If the U.S. economy is to maintain at least 3 percent annual growth in its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) over the coming decade and beyond, the U.S. labor force must continue to expand. Read More... (PDF)

The Role Of Immigrants In The U.S. Labor Market

Foreign-born workers are a growing presence in the U.S. labor force. One of every seven people working in the United States in 2004 was born elsewhere; a decade earlier, only one in ten workers was foreign born. With the projected slowdown in the growth of the native workforce as the baby-boom generation reaches retirement age, immigrants are likely to hold an even greater share of jobs in the future. Read More... (PDF)

Why A Mandatory Return, 'Report To Deport,' Policy Is Not The Best Option

A mandatory return policy, also referred to as a deferred departure policy, is in essence a call to report to deport for undocumented immigrants. Read More... (PDF)


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