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April 27, 2006

In Senate Hearing 4 Leading Economists Unanimously Agreed, High Skill Immigration has Positive Impact on US Economy

Policy Spotlight

Four of the nation's leading economists were invited to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee at a hearing on the Economic Impact of Immigration. Professors Harry J. Holzer, Barry J. Chiswick, Richard B. Freeman, and AILF Fellow Dan Siciliano, read from prepared statements and also took questions from members of the Committee. Their commentary was overwhelmingly positive as evidenced by their unanimous agreement that high skilled immigration is beneficial to the US as we strive to maintain our competitive edge over other developed countries. In addition, three of the four panelists agreed that low skilled immigration has a net positive impact on the US economy.

Panelists also agreed that border enforcement alone will not solve the problems of our broken immigration system. A workable solution will provide both legal channels for immigrants who want to come and work in the United States and ways for current undocumented immigrants to obtain legal status.

Read the testimony on InfoNet at: http://www.aila.org/content/default.aspx?bc=19197

Further reading on the economic impact of immigration:

Immigrants, Skills, and Wages: Reassessing the Economic Gains from Immigration
http://www.ailf.org/ipc/infocus/2006_skillswages.shtml

The Economics of Necessity: Economic Report of the President Underscores the Importance of Immigration
http://www.ailf.org/ipc/economicsofnecessity.asp

Economic Growth & Immigration: Bridging the Demographic Divide
http://www.ailf.org/ipc/special_report/2005_bridging.pdf

Posted by VisaLawyer at April 27, 2006 07:44 PM

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