In recent posts, I’ve been examining some of the factors driving—and not driving—poverty in the US, focusing so far on growth, inequality, single parenthood, slack labor markets, and more. In this post, I wanted to say a bit about immigration. Not unlike the analysis of single parents and poverty, too much analysis of this question… Read more
The immigration bill that solidly cleared the Senate is a strong step forward in comprehensive reform. I’ll let those with greater imaginations than I contemplate the path forward in the House. Here, I’d like to amplify an important bit of commentary by David Kallick on the part of the Senate bill that spends 30 billion… Read more
The marginal bang-for-the-buck in terms of securing the border is probably vanishingly small at this point, but the fact remains that if we are unable (or unwilling) to control immigrant flows, then reform is impossible. Over at the NYT’s Economix blog.
Much more to be said about this topic, but I’m already getting some questions as to the economic assumptions behind the CBOs score of the immigration bill. (Getting ready to go on the Diane Rehm radio show to talk sequestration’s impact). How, for example, do you explain the budget agency’s finding that in the first… Read more
Well, would you look at that: CBO just released their analysis of the fiscal impact of the immigration reform legislation from the Senate and it turns out that the bill is expected to lower the budget deficit by $197 billion over the next decade. That means that opponents who wanted to make the case that… Read more