New Report Finds Legalization of Immigrants Substantially Improves Economic Status

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Thursday, November 05, 2009 at 5:47 pm

A new report prepared for the Immigration Policy Center finds that illegal immigrants who gained legal status in the 1980s via the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) went on to earn substantial gains in their socioeconomic status. The report suggests that, contrary to the idea that legalizing immigrants will increase competition for scarce jobs in the U.S., legalization of many of the 11 million or so current undocumented immigrants would actually yield economic benefits, not only for the immigrants but for the U.S. economy as a whole.

Between 1990 and 2006, Mexican immigrants legalized under IRCA dramatically increased their education levels, reduced poverty rates and became more likely to buy their own homes. Real wages rose, many of them moved into managerial positions and the vast majority did not depend upon public assistance, the report finds.

Economic Progess via Legalization is one of three reports issued by the Immigration Policy Center today aimed at encouraging policymakers to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation. The other two look at the social and economic benefits of legalization, and at who should be allowed to benefit from an “earned legalization” program.

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jasonklein
Comment posted November 7, 2009 @ 8:34 pm

Yes Immigration reform Know
It would add billions into the social secirity and medicare and work as a stimulus for my beloved states of california.


MaggieGoddard
Comment posted November 10, 2009 @ 2:04 am

Just more liberal blabber. We want our country back. Don't try to sell a stolen car to a legitimate buyer. Americans want legitmacy. Come to this country through the legal channels, learn English, become an American, not just a misplaced financially hungry criminal who steals across borders to breed children and rob Americans of tax dollars and job. Sorry, it doesn't matter how well the last batch of lottery winners did, likely with tax money, grants, and giveaways given to people that will never repay Americans for their investments. This American wants my tax dollars to go to Americans and only Americans. Enough is enough. An invasion is an invasion. Stop the bleeding now and give some credibility to those who come to this country legally and follow the rules.


MaggieGoddard
Comment posted November 10, 2009 @ 7:04 am

Just more liberal blabber. We want our country back. Don't try to sell a stolen car to a legitimate buyer. Americans want legitmacy. Come to this country through the legal channels, learn English, become an American, not just a misplaced financially hungry criminal who steals across borders to breed children and rob Americans of tax dollars and job. Sorry, it doesn't matter how well the last batch of lottery winners did, likely with tax money, grants, and giveaways given to people that will never repay Americans for their investments. This American wants my tax dollars to go to Americans and only Americans. Enough is enough. An invasion is an invasion. Stop the bleeding now and give some credibility to those who come to this country legally and follow the rules.


AK-Econ101
Comment posted August 22, 2010 @ 9:52 pm

Any body can write a report and selectively select the data that supports their position or idea they want you to accept. Below are some facts that were apparently ignored in the analysis of the legallizing illegals.

A report showing that giving amnesty to illegals and that the social economic status increased is what one would expect to happen.

However, now they have a reason to claim their wages or be in violation of U.S. tax laws. Just because they now report their income now, does not mean the income in the U.S. economy increased by that amount. Part of the income the now legal’s report most likely was part of the underground economy that is not previously reported.

Also, to claim legalization did not cost U.S. citizens any jobs is totally without basis. During this 1980's and 1990's the number of part time workers increased as a percentage of the labor force.

Also, the number of discourage workers who stopped looking for work during this time period increased.

To claim that there would be a loss of over $10 trillion dollars in GDP assumes that legal citizens who are unemployed will not fill those jobs now being filled by illegal’s who work for less because the illegal’s are part of the underground economy.

When you increase the number of workers, when there are only so many jobs, the laws of Supply and Demand dictate that some one will not get a job.

Any body can write a report and selectively select the data that supports their position or idea they want you to accept.


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