A big, fat, controversial topic. Let’s remember to try to be respectful of all points of view. As we agreed last week, my opening presentation will cover (1) basic background on this subject; (2) evidence that illegals actually cause all the problems they’re blamed for; and (3) ideas (including some that have been tried) for better managing our immigration system. If there’s time, I may discuss the larger issue of whether/how to reform our legal immigration system, the dysfunctional nature of which is a major reason so many people come here illegally.. Here are some links:
1. Facts and Perspective on Illegal Immigrants in the U.S.
- UPDATE: Best, easiest source are these simple pie charts and graphs (skip all the text — just page down) showing how many illegals are there, where from, where do they live, what do they do, # of kids, etc (A 2004, 6-year-old report, so add about 20% to all totals.)
- Portrait of illegal immigrants in the U.S. from the Pew Research Center.
- Five Myths About Illegal Immigrants, from Urban Institute (a think tank)
- I’ll compare to earlier waves of immigrants. Is this recent one really different?
2. What Problem Do Illegal Immigrants Cause?
- Impact on Americans’ jobs and wages (from factsheck.org
- UPDATE The real economics of immigration reform
- Impact on crime.
- Other problems: I’ll discuss facts related to the “anchor babies” and other issues, but many of the criticisms of immigrants (legal and illegal) are more culturally-based and don’t depend on a disputed set of facts.
3. Options For Better Managing the Inflow
- I’ll discuss the last big immigration reform law, in 1986.
- What almost became law in 2008.
- As agreed, I won’t lecture on the “change the 14th amendment” idea. But, tomorrow I will post some thoughts on the subject. It will be just below this post.