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U.S. immigration and economic growth: putting policy on hold

Pia Orrenius ()

Southwest Economy, 2003, issue Nov, No 6, 7 pages

Abstract: This article discusses immigrants? economic contributions and how these recent changes impact both the foreign-born population already living here and those trying to enter the United States. Despite the common perception that 9/11 triggered a crackdown on immigration (the enactment of the USA Patriot Act, the reorganization of the Immigration and Naturalization Service into Homeland Security, and other changes), pre-9/11 policies actually constituted a much more substantive effort in this direction. The post-9/11 period is most striking for the lack of change. Significant immigration reform pending before the terrorist attacks was taken off the table and remains on indefinite hold.

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Date: 2003
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