There is always a lot of discussion about the negative impact on the US job market by the increasing number of low-skilled immigrants. I found an interesting study, that analyses the problem in detail.
A recent study by Professor Harry J. Holzer from Georgetown University, indicates that low-skilled immigration has little impact on the wages of US citizens.
The question is raised as to why the impact of the large influx of less-educated workers on the labor market of US workers is so small.
Professor Holzer suggests three possible answers for this:
1. Immigrants are not only producers, but consumers as well. They generate additional product demand and therefore labor demand.
2. Immigrants are not perfect substitutes for native-born workers and mostly compete with other immigrants within the same industry.
3. Most low-skilled jobs would likely be replaces by capital and technology if the work force was not available, instead of being filled by low-skilled native born workers.
Professor Holzer goes into further detail and analyses the costs and benefits of low-skilled immigrants for US employers, consumers and the economy at large.
He emphasizes the many positive impacts that the immigrant work force makes on the US economy.
Professor Holzer then analyses various immigration reform policies and raises the question, what his study means for them. He offers modifications to the provisions included in the mentioned bills that would raise the net benefits they provide to both native-born Americans and immigrants.
The study is very interesting and throws light on many immigration issues. I invite you to reed it here: Does Low-Skilled Immigration Hurt the US Economy
Arizona Reveals Need for US Immigration Law Reform to this San Francisco Attorney
This year, many US Senators and Congressmen have been pushing for immigration
reform. The president has been lobbied, rallies have been held, debates are ongoing
but immigration reform is still a concept and not a reality. The recent incidents in
Arizona have caused a lot of discussion and activity in the San Francisco Bay area
and Sacramento, where I consul clients on immigration. Continue reading “Immigration Lawyer Considers the Issue that Won’t Go Away” »
A Sacramento Immigration Attorney’s Take on the New Arizona Immigration Law
In my Sacramento office where I practice as an immigration lawyer, I’m constantly surrounded by news regarding the growing debate around the reform of our immigration policies. This is an issue that affects millions of Americans directly and all Americans indirectly. Arizona has a new state law regarding immigration and it is raising a lot of eyebrows. Continue reading “Immigration Reform in Arizona” »
Santa Clara Immigration Attorney Discusses Various Aspects of Immigration Reform
What are the real issues surrounding immigration reform? As an immigration attorney, any type of reform is bound to have an effect on my Santa Clara office from which I work with people and organizations from all over the country. The phrase “immigration reform” means many different things to many different people. Continue reading “An Immigration Attorney Considers Reform Issues” »
Sacramento Immigration Lawyer Considers the Real Effects of E-Verify
I’ve seen over and over in my role as an immigration lawyer that whenever the government institutes a new immigration policy or process there’s confusion, resistance and continued debate. E-Verify, the electronically based method whereby the USCIS determines if a worker is in the country legally, is one such new process that we’ve discussed in my Sacramento law office. Continue reading “An Immigration Lawyers Looks at E-Verify” »
San Francisco Immigration Lawyer Considers Hikes in Fees
The USCIS is proposing a fee hike on the average of 10% for immigration benefit petitions and applications. They would not raise the fee for the application for naturalization, but other charges would go up. This is, of course, a big topic of discussion in my San Francisco office and amongst immigration lawyers. Continue reading “USCIS Proposes Raising Fees” »
In my San Francisco and Northern California based immigration law practice, I am in daily contact with those who are affected by immigration reform legislation. As a lawyer, I am constantly sifting through ways in which the changing political tides will affect my clients and the manner in which I can help them.
This past week, there have been many developments that indicate that the move for immigration reform is being taken very seriously by proponents and that they are unhappy with what they perceive to be a lack of support from President Obama. Continue reading “March for Immigration Reform: An Immigration Lawyer’s Observations” »
As an immigration lawyer in San Francisco, one area I have focused on in this blog is on the likelihood of immigration reform actually happening and the push by Democrats to get Congress to seriously consider such reforms. Just the other day, President Obama met with Senators Graham and Schumer on this issue.
President Obama was, overall, vaguely supportive and that type of support may now hurt him when it comes to healthcare legislation. It’s been reported by the Chicago Sun Times that Representative Luis Gutierrez (D- Ill.), who is from the President’s home state, has said that he will vote “no” on the Obama health reform proposal. Continue reading “Observations by an Immigration Lawyer on Representative Gutierrez’s Threat” »
There was a lot of concern amongst those focused on the subject of immigration reform, when President Obama barely mentioned the subject in his State of the Union address. I’m in the midst of immigration issues in my law practice in San Francisco.
On March 11, 2010, the President met with Senators Graham and Schumer, who are both very involved in immigration reform. Together they have a bill in the works. The issues include securing the border and establishing a biometric Social Security card. The biometric card is a high tech form of I.D. that all U.S. citizens may eventually carry. Continue reading “Senators and President Meet: Observations from an Immigration Lawyer” »
When you work in the area of immigration as an attorney, you’re certainly sensitive to client concerns and keep current on national and political trends. Thus, when President Obama barely touched on immigration reform in his State of the Union Address, giving it a mention in one sentence, I knew there would be fallout from advocates of reform and from many of my clients.
Immigration reform is a huge issue in this country—emotionally, economically, culturally, etc. A part of Obama’s platform when he was running for president was immigration reform. So when he spent next to no time on it in his State of the Union there was concern. Continue reading “Will Immigration Reform be Helped or Hurt by Election Concerns?” »