Report: legalization of immigrant workers would yield significant income gains for U.S. workers

The Cato Institute, a non-profit public policy research foundation based in Washington, D.C., has published a new study which argues that:

… legalization of low-skilled immigrant workers would yield significant income gains for American workers and households. Legalization would eliminate smugglers’ fees and other costs faced by illegal immigrants. It would also allow immigrants to have higher productivity and create more openings for Americans in higher skilled occupations. The positive impact for U.S. households of legalization under an optimal visa tax would be 1.27 percent of GDP or $180 billion.

This study finds that increased enforcement and reduced low-skilled immigration have a significant negative impact on the income of U.S. households.

Click here to learn more and to download the report. Jesuit Refugee Service/USA supports comprehensive immigration reform.

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