ERIC Number: EJ988153
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Reference Count: 3
Reply to Orrenius and Zavodny
Briggs, Vernon M., Jr.
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, v31 n4 p966-969 Fall 2012
On the fundamental conclusions, the positions argued by Pia Orrenius and Madeline Zavodny and the author's own are in essential agreement. The immigration policy of the United States is in dire need of changes. The public concern is, in their words, "driven by the increase in immigration in recent years, particularly of unauthorized immigration." Their mutual worries pertain to the disproportionately adverse impacts of the immigrant inflow on the nation's low-skilled work force and the high fiscal burden borne by local communities and states with growing immigrant populations. The differences between the two papers center on the approaches taken to reach these conclusions and the policy reforms that flow from the respective analyses. In this article, the author presents his general and specific comments on Orrenius and Zavodny's paper. He concludes with alternative policy measures that, if implemented and enforced, would significantly mitigate the negative features of the nation's immigration policies.
Descriptors: Immigration, Public Policy, Social Action, Economic Impact, Federal Legislation, Labor Force
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Immigration and Nationality Act 1965