Despite the common misidentification of the GOP as the anti-immigrant party, top Republican candidates for 2016 are coalescing around one important aspect of reform: expansion of legal immigration.
Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, and Lindsay Graham, and former governors Jeb Bush and Rick Perry have all voiced support for expanding the number of foreign workers in the country. While some have argued that these candidates are at odds with the party’s base, a new report by the Niskanen Center offers a different picture.
GOP voters strongly support legal immigrants. Surveying all national polls from 2001 to 2014 on the question of whether the country should admit more foreign workers, the report found that 60 percent of Republican voters supported increasing the number of work visas.
Read the rest on the Niskanen Center here.
Three years ago today, President Obama announced a new executive action that would allow young illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children the opportunity to remain in the country and work without fear of deportation. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), aimed to bring young immigrants out of the shadows but without granting legal status. President Obama, in announcing the new policy, said it would, “mend our nation’s immigration policy, make it more fair, more efficient, and more just—specifically for certain young people.” More than 660,000 undocumented immigrants have received DACA benefits in the first three years of the program, according to USCIS.
Critics were quick to decry the President’s use of executive power and his unwillingness to first bring the issue to Congress. However, the loudest criticisms of DACA came just last year as the rise of unaccompanied children at the U.S.-Mexico border made national headlines. The narrative for many anti-immigration conservatives was clear: by offering deportation relief, the Administration’s order incentivized a flood of young illegal immigrants to come to the U.S.
Read the rest at Niskanen here.
Immigrants create jobs for native-born American workers, according to a new working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The paper says every immigrant creates 1.2 local jobs for local workers, raises wages for native workers, and attracts native-born workers from elsewhere in the country.
The paper was authored by Gihoon Hong, with Indiana University South Bend, and John McLaren, with the University of Virginia. Hong and McLaren used Census data from 1980-2000 to reach their conclusions.
The arrival of immigrants increases the combined income of a local area, boosting demand for workers in local service jobs, part of the non-traded sector. Hong and McLaren found that these types of local service jobs create more than four-fifths of total income, so immigration to a local area requires more service workers.
“We find that new immigrants tend to raise local wages slightly even in terms of tradeables for jobs in the non-traded sector while they push wages down slightly in the traded sector, and that new immigrants seem to attract native workers into the metropolitan area,” Hong and McLaren wrote. “Overall, it appears that local workers benefit from the arrival of more immigrants.”
Read the rest at The Washington Examiner…