Due to the large quantity of legal and illegal immigration each year, immigration persists as a heated issue of debate in United States politics. However, any serious ‘comprehensive’ immigration policy should contain a path to continue allowing for legal immigration.
George Borjas and others have approached the question of how many immigrants, and of what type, should be allowed to legally immigrate into the U.S. each year. With certainty any type of immigration reform will include legalized immigration, and the amount of immigration will help form the basis for our future political economy as Paul Krugman notes.
British economists are also examining similar questions regarding immigration. There is some fear among British residents that immigration will be possibly detrimental to native inhabitants. Other authors have even advocated allowing expanded immigration.
Questions you might try to answer:
- Do you believe immigration is a positive or negative impact on the native population?
- Where do you believe the truth lies regarding the wage effects of low-skilled or high-skilled immigration?
- What is your interpretation of Krugman’s influence of immigration on the political economy? Do you believe that immigration could result in American apartheid?
- Compare the situations of the US and the UK regarding the different types of immigration faced and the possible solutions.
Remember… I would like your statements to be as subjective as possible, or in jargon terms, positive and not normative in nature. Also, remember, I want you to keep your descriptions short, basic, and related to classroom content. Read other students comments before posting, and please leave your name with your posting.