Immigrant’s Cost to the Economy
An analysis of the economic impact of immigration on U. S. labor demand, wages and employment.
This paper demonstrates that immigrant workers do not add significantly to the U.S. economy and have more costs than the benefits derived from their presence. The paper focuses specifically on a proposed bill by President Bush, after discussions with the president of Mexico working, that would allow seasonal farm workers to enter the United States as guest-workers.
Over 8 million immigrants were in the United States as of the year 2000 (FAIR 1998). Immigrants make up approximately 8.5 percent of the total U.S. population (Simon, 1996). Proponents of immigration, such as Molly Galvin (Galvin, 1997) state that even though immigration causes negative economic effects in certain local areas, the overall effect on the US economy is not a negative one. Some propose that immigrants add to the US economy. Opponents such as Mark Krikorian (Krikorian, 2001), and Steven Camorata (Camorata, 2001) believe that immigration will have a negative effect on American Agriculture and Wages.