Immigration Reform: Part of the Problem or a Solution to America’s Economic Woes?

In 2004, Harvard economist George Borjas argued that “reducing the supply of labor by strict immigration enforcement and reduced legal immigration would increase the earnings of native workers.”

In a volatile economic climate that has seen unemployment skyrocket and mass wage declines, such claims have supported, and perhaps fueled, a public willingness to make a scapegoat out of immigration.

New Pew Hispanic Report Finds Illegal Alien Population Held Steady

According to a newly released report from the Pew Hispanic Center, the illegal alien population of the United States in March 2010 was approximately 11.2 million – virtually unchanged from what it was a year earlier. The Pew estimate, based on the government’s March 2010 survey, ends its assessment of a downward trend that began in 2007.

The Pew data provide evidence that immigration enforcement was the single most important factor in the declining illegal alien population between 2007 and 2009, and that our borders remain out of control.