Lecture 20 April 10

Lecture 20 April 10 - Inequality and American Democracy...

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Inequality and American Democracy Lecture 20 April 10, 2007 Immigration and the American Dream, continued 1) Current immigration a) More likely to be Asian or Latin American b) Almost half of immigrants coming in are Mexican c) Education of immigrants in past was higher than immigrants of the present d) More than 60% of Mexican immigrants are high school dropouts 2) Debate of Economic Impact a) Wage impact i) Borjas vs. Card (1) Claims that immigrants are causing low skill native workers’ wages to drop b) Impact on services i) National Academy of Sceinces 1997 found that there was a 10 billion dollar positive effect of immigration ii) Claim that immigrants drive up the cost of public services because immigrants don’t pay taxes into the system iii) Evidence that immigrants are paying taxes into the system; sign up with fake social security numbers or other peoples SSN so they are in fact paying into the system iv) Push, as in 1996, to restrict public services to undocumented residents v)
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