Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Immigration amnesty policies, Undocumented immigration
The purpose of this study is to assess the impact of undocumented immigration on the United States, specifically the economic implications they may carry and the government effectiveness in managing this population. Utilizing the method of qualitative content analysis, this study examined the various aspects of the U.S. economy affected by this population and the nation's past and current immigration policies. The research found the undocumented population to be an expense on the host economy through their use of social and public services, with expenses even higher in the Southwest Border States. It is important to note, however, that there are benefits to providing these services. In addition amnesty-type policies were shown to be ineffective at managing the population due to various deficiencies. The nation's past experience with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) is a strong example.
Mendolia, M. (2013). The Impact of Undocumented Immigration on Unfunded Mandates and Government Effectiveness (Master's thesis, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/920