The Economic Consequences Of Amnesty For Unauthorized Immigrants

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In “The Economic consequences of Amnesty for Unauthorized Immigrants,” Research officer and Senior Economist Pia M. Orrenius and Professor of Economics Madeline Zavodny claim that the number of unauthorized immigrants has been rising after an extensive of amnesty since the passage of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA). Moreover, the author argues the effect of unauthorized immigrants to economic consequences, including an increase to tax revenues, the improvement of the economic condition of immigrants’ families, the loss of a cheap, flexible workforce and an increase of government transfers. An overview of the history to U.S government policy toward illegal immigrants as well as the 1996 illegal Immigrant Reform an Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) and the 1997 Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief (NACARA) is presented. Then the author try to propose solution to address unauthorized immigrants. Increase number of worker who can come in under easy to manage temporary work program. Also, there are five facts about undocumented immigrants in the US. First, unauthorized immigrants had kept rising during the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s, when as many as 500,000 were entering per year. Second, Mexico is the main source of undocumented immigrants. Third, unauthorized immigrants mostly spread in urban areas. Fourth, it has contributed significantly to birth rates in the US. Fifth, it involve five percent of the workforce. The author’s…

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