The Economic Impacts of Removing Unauthorized Immigrant Workers: An Industry- and State-Level Analysis

The Economic Impacts of Removing Unauthorized Immigrant Workers: An Industry- and State-Level Analysis

Publicado el 3 de octubre de 2016
por Ryan Edwards y Francesc Ortega en Center for American Progress. Fotografía de The AP
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In every state and in every industry across the United States, immigrants—authorized and unauthorized—are contributing to the U.S. economy. Immigrant labor and entrepreneurship are believed to be powerful forces of economic revitalization for communities struggling with population decline.1 Estimates suggest that the total number of unauthorized immigrants currently residing in the United States is approximately 11.3 million, or about 3.5 percent of the total 2015 resident population of 324.4 million.2 Of those 11.3 million, we estimate that 7 million are workers. What is the economic contribution of these unauthorized workers? What would the nation stand to lose in terms of production and income if these workers were removed and returned to their home countries?

To estimate how removing unauthorized workers would affect the economy, we proceed by constructing an economic model that builds on the cutting-edge research techniques pioneered by leading economists on all sides of the immigration debate. In the pages that follow, we use industry-level data and individual data in order to capture the full scale of the diversity within the unauthorized population and to estimate the effects of a mass deportation policy on industries in the United States as a whole, as well as in each state

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Estados Unidos

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  • Legislación Migratoria
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  • Deportación

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