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Moving Working Families ForwardThird Way Policies That Can Work$
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Robert Cherry

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814717189

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814717189.001.0001

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Redirecting Immigration Policies

Redirecting Immigration Policies

(p.153) 9 Redirecting Immigration Policies
Moving Working Families Forward

Robert Cherry

Robert Lerman

NYU Press

This chapter looks at the impact of immigration in improving the coordination between federal and state programs that facilitate their aid. It suggests moving to a Canadian-style admissions system that reduces the share of less-educated workers and their families that could legally enter the United States. The study in this chapter reveals some consistent findings. First, less-educated, native-born workers have been harmed by immigration, especially in areas that have a growing concentration of immigrants and a weak economy. Second, government social welfare expenditures in high immigrant areas are substantial and long-lasting due to the large proportion of less-educated and older immigrants. Third, there is substantial displacement of native-born blacks. And fourth, immigrants strain educational budgets and may adversely affect students, particularly less-educated, native-born blacks and Latinos.

Keywords:   immigration, immigration policies, native-born workers, social welfare expenditures, native-born blacks, Latinos

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