Study Says Granting Amnesty to Illegal Immigrants Would Boost Economy

A new study has found that legalizing the status of the 12 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States would boost the economy, creating jobs and increasing wages for native-born workers, according to a story in the Chronicle. The study, which was released January 7, was conducted by UCLA associate professor Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda and was primarily based on data following the passage of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. The report concluded that legalizing undocumented immigrants could increase the gross domestic product by $1.5 trillion over the next ten years.

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