Immigration and the US Economy

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Case Code : ECON029
Case Length : 25 Pages
Period : 1900-2007
Pub. Date : 2008
Teaching Note :Not Available
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Countries : USA

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Social and Cultural Effects

Immigration also had a social and cultural impact on US society. Owing to the large number of immigrants, the US had become a multicultural society. There was diversity in food, language, art, and culture.

However, the increasing number of immigrants into the US also led to xenophobia among some of its citizens as they feared that high levels of immigration could cause the US to lose its Anglo-Protestant culture. In the 1860s, groups that advocated white supremacy used violent methods to oppose Blacks, Jews, Catholics, etc...

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The Great Debate

The issue of immigration had been a topic of debate since the late 18th century. Critics had been arguing that immigrants depressed wages, especially of low wage earners, disregarded the principles of freedom and democracy, refused to learn English, and weakened public service. The arguments remained the same over the years; however, with the substantial increase in immigration levels, the issue began attracting far more attention. Between the late 1990s and 2006, around 10 million legal immigrants and approximately 12 million undocumented immigrants joined the US population...

Looking Ahead

After the rejection of the CIR bill, the US government announced new measures to address the challenges of immigration (Refer Exhibit XIII for more information on reforms to improve border security and immigration within the existing laws). In mid-2007, several government and non-government organizations published reports giving population projections of the US and the contribution of immigration to the population growth. According to a Center of Immigration Studies (CIS) report published in August 30, 2007, if both legal and illegal immigration continued at the 2007 rate, then the US would experience a population boom...


Exhibit I: Immigration to the US from Different European Countries
Exhibit II: Immigration Acts in the US
Exhibit III: Region/Country of Origin of Immigrants in 1890 and 2000
Exhibit IV: Legal Permanent Resident Flow to the US between 1900 and 2006
Exhibit V: World's Best Educational Institutions
Exhibit VI: The World's Largest Companies by Revenues
Exhibit VII: Best Countries in Terms of Ease of Doing Business
Exhibit VIII: Ranking of Destination Countries in Terms of Number of Immigrants
Exhibit IX: Distribution of Total US Population by Race: 1990 And 2000
Exhibit X: Hispanic Population Distribution by Region between 1980 and 2000
Exhibit XI: Immigration Pattern in the 1990s
Exhibit XII: US Visa Categories*
Exhibit XIII: US Population (In Millions) Under Alternative Net Immigration Levels: 2007-2060
Exhibit XIV: Reform to Improve Border Security and Immigration Within Existing Law

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