Economic Immigration

Topics: United States, Immigration to the United States, Immigration Pages: 2 (592 words) Published: December 16, 2013
PSCI 101 Essay Assignment- Gilberto Nava

The article I’m summarizing is named, The Economic Benefits of Comprehensive Immigration Reform. It is written by Raúl Hinojosa-Ojeda and it was published in the CATO Journal’s winter 2012 issue. Dr. Ojeda is the founding director of the North American Integration and Development Center and associate professor in the Division of Social Sciences and the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago.

The thesis statement or main argument of this article is the following, “Comprehensive immigration reform that legalizes currently unauthorized immigrants and creates flexible legal limits on future immigration in the context of full labor rights would help American workers and the U.S economy.” Clearly the main goal of this Dr.Ojeda writing this paper is shed light on the many economic benefits for the United States if a comprehensive immigration reformation law was passed. Some of the evidence used by the author to validate the his thesis is for example this excerpt from the article, “The historical experience of legalization under the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act indicates that comprehensive immigration reform would raise wages, increase consumption, create jobs and generate additional tax revenue. Even though the Immigration Reform and Control Act was implemented during a period that included a recession and high unemployment (1990-1991), it still helped raise wages and spurred increases in educational, home, and small business investments by newly legalized immigrants. Taking the experience of the Immigration Reform and Control Act as a starting point, we estimate that comprehensive immigration reform would yield at least $1.5 trillion in added U.S gross domestic product (GDP) over 10 years.” (Ojeda, 2012, 176)

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