U.S. Immigration Policy at a Crossroads
AbstractTwo issues have taken center stage in the recent debates about U.S. immigration policy: one, illegal immigration and more generally the entrance of poorly educated individuals into the U.S. economy and two, whether the U.S. should continue its family-based admissions system or move towards a skills-based system. This paper analyzes these issues culling evidence from the history of U.S. immigration policy, the experiences of different types of U.S. immigrants, and crossnational comparisons.
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immigration; illegal immigration; effect on poorly educated natives; entrepreneurship; human capital investment; skill transferability; opportunity cost; learning transferability; family-based admissions; permanence;
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- J39 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Other
- J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
- L26 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Entrepreneurship
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