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The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration

“Although this report focuses on the United States, the rise in the share of foreign-born populations is an international phenomenon among developed countries. And, given disparities in economic opportunities and labor force demographics that persist across regions of the world, immigration is an issue that will likely endure. Recent refugee crises further highlight the complexity of immigration and add to the urgency of understanding the resultant economic and societal impacts (…)

(…) To what extent do the skills brought to market by immigrants complement those of native-born workers, thereby improving their prospects; and to what extent do immigrants displace native workers in the labor market or lower their wages? How does immigration contribute to vibrancy in construction, agriculture, high tech, and other sectors? What is the role of immigration in driving productivity gains and long-term economic growth? “

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4 migrants die of apparent suffocation in eastern Mexico

10/5/16 The Washington Post 

migrantesMEXICO CITY — Four migrants died in Mexico’s eastern state of Veracruz, apparently suffocating in a truck that was carrying them and dozens of others to the border with the United States, Mexican officials said Wednesday.

The National Immigration Institute said in a statement that the four were among 55 migrants abandoned by their smugglers near the town of Tres Valles. Many of those who survived were severely dehydrated and had not had food or water for two days when they were found Tuesday evening.

Ten migrants remained hospitalized, including three still unidentified because of their delicate condition.

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Mexico’s Immigration Service Fires Agents for Corruption

03/10/16 ABC News

Mexico’s National Immigration Institute says it has fired three agents for allegedly shaking down Cuban migrants for bribes, the latest alleged corruption scheme at the agency.

The agency said Monday it has fired about 2,500 agents and other employees since 2013 for malfeasance or failing vetting and background checks.

The latest scandal involved three agents at an immigration detention center in Chiapas, on the border with Guatemala. Detained Cuban migrants there accused the three agents of demanding $4,000 in exchange for returning their passports, which would presumably allow them to reach the U.S. border.

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Former Mexican diplomat: ‘There are ways’ Mexico could pay for wall

09/22/16 New York Post


A former top Mexican diplomat believes Donald Trump could get Mexico to pay for a border wall. Easily.

“If [Trump] really wants Mexico to pay for the wall, he has many ways of getting many Mexicans to pay for the wall,” Jorge Castañeda, Mexico’s former foreign affairs secretary, told the Hudson Institute this week,according to The Weekly Standard.

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Illegal immigration from Mexico falls in US

09/20/16 Financial Times 

5440004897_59659815f4_oDonald Trump has made cracking down on illegal immigration from Mexico a centrepiece of his presidential campaign, but new analysis shows that the number of unauthorised immigrants from south of the US border has fallen.

The report from the Pew Research Center showed that the number of illegal Mexican migrants has decreased from its 2007 peak even as the US sees rising inflows from countries further afield including India.

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Mexico gets more cash from its workers abroad than from oil

09/01/16 CNN

us mex flagMexico heavily depends on its workers living abroad to send cash back home.

Almost $25 billion flowed last year from the pockets of Mexicans living overseas, almost all of it from the U.S. That’s even higher than what Mexico earns from its oil exports.

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A century of data shows that Donald Trump is wrong about the jobs impact of immigration

08/15/2016 Quartz

deportation“Decades of record immigration have produced lower wages and higher unemployment for our citizens, especially for African-American and Latino workers. We are going to have an immigration system that works, but one that works for the American people.” —Donald Trump, in his 2016 Republican party nomination acceptance speech.

If US presidential candidate Donald Trump wants an immigration system that works for Americans, he might want to consider one with far fewer restrictions than he’s proposing.
Immigrants don’t cause high unemployment. In fact, a century of data suggests Trump has both his chronology and his causation reversed—it shows that a thriving US job market causes immigration to rise.

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