TITLE

COPING WITH ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

AUTHOR(S)
Hewlett, Sylvia Ann
PUB. DATE
December 1981
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Winter81/82, Vol. 60 Issue 2, p358
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This section discusses the issue concerning the immigration policy of the U.S. as of 1981. The problem mounts, the experts are in near agreement as to how to resolve it, and yet another U.S. President gives it high priority. However, despite all of the above, the U.S. may fail to enact a new national immigration policy in the near future. The seriousness and care with which U.S. Congress is considering the issue are cause for encouragement, but U.S. President Ronald Reagan is in the process of finding out, as former U.S. President Jimmy Carter did before him, that there is little political capital to be made in this policy area. The political logic is depressing. Whenever any expert group does its homework on this issue, it is led to the conclusion that the U.S. should tighten controls on illegal immigration and limit the net inflow of people. However, such action is extremely hard to take. The short-run beneficiaries have little political clout and its political system generally discounts the long run. The interests opposed to such a policy are conspicuous and powerful. Tightening controls and reducing the flow of immigrants will raise costs for employers, raise prices for consumers, and may well worsen the nation's relationships with those countries which the immigrants seek to leave.
ACCESSION #
4854436

 

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