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Eliminating the Black Market for Labor Between the U.S. and Mexico

Written by on September 13, 2016 in Business & the Workforce, Low Wage with 0 Comments
Eliminating the Black Market for Labor Between the U.S. and Mexico

Despite its 3,000 mile border and long shared history, the U.S. and Mexico do not currently have a bilateral agreement to regulate the flow of “lower-skilled” labor. Yet, as has long been the case, a significant share of laborers working in the U.S. are unauthorized immigrants from Mexico. In the event that a legislative debate […]

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Immigrant Workers Enhance and Expand the U.S. Economy

Immigrant Workers Enhance and Expand the U.S. Economy

Over the years, more and more economists have come to the conclusion that immigrant workers “complement” the native-born majority of the labor force by bringing different sets of skills and different demographic profiles with them, both of which enhance and expand the economy as a whole. Immigration restrictionists, in defiance of this growing body of […]

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Immigrants Work in More Arduous Jobs than U.S. Natives, New Study Shows

Written by on August 12, 2014 in Economics, Immigration 101 with 0 Comments
Immigrants Work in More Arduous Jobs than U.S. Natives, New Study Shows

One of the reasons often cited to explain the importance of immigrant workers to the U.S. economy is the presumption that immigrants perform jobs that U.S. natives are unwilling to take. Numerous studies show that immigrant workers complement the native-born in various ways. But in spite of the growing evidence, restrictionist groups recurrently argue that […]

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Will Unauthorized Immigration Begin to Rise Again?

Written by on April 14, 2014 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
Will Unauthorized Immigration Begin to Rise Again?

The record-low level of unauthorized immigration to the United States, particularly from Mexico, raises an obvious question: How long will it last? Presumably, conditions somewhere will change—either here or abroad—and unauthorized immigration will rise again. Even more important than the question of when it will happen, however, is how we will choose to respond. Nativists […]

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Labor Day Celebrations Should Also Pay Tribute to Immigrant Workers

Labor Day Celebrations Should Also Pay Tribute to Immigrant Workers

Americans are observing Labor Day, which pays tribute to the many contributions and achievements of American workers. As celebrations are underway, the holiday offers an opportune moment to reflect on the very concept of American workers. In other words, who is an American worker? Where do immigrants—who contribute their talents and labor to the production […]

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New Study Shows How Native-Born Workers Benefit from Immigration

New Study Shows How Native-Born Workers Benefit from Immigration

One of the fears recurrently raised by those who oppose immigration is that inflows of immigrants negatively affect the native-born labor force in general, and less-educated working class individuals in particular. The idea upon which this assertion relies is that when less-educated workers immigrate into the host country, they systematically bring down the wages of […]

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Business and Labor Announce Breakthrough on Immigration Reform

Business and Labor Announce Breakthrough on Immigration Reform

One of the most contentious issues that has stymied past immigration reform proposals is the divide between business and labor over how many and under what conditions the U.S. should admit new immigrants into our labor force. Also known as the “future flow” issue, the conflict lies in the tension between business’ desire to recruit […]

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