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U.S. Immigration Policy at a Crossroads

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  • Duleep, Harriet

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    (College of William and Mary)

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    Two 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 cross-national comparisons.

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    Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 7136.

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    Length: 49 pages
    Date of creation: Jan 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp7136

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    Keywords: 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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