Main Points of This Article
- Review the Main Points of this Series of Articles on Immigration
- Give all credit to the Reliable Sources Used
From the concepts learned in the textbook Economics, we know that firms do not choose labor based on whims, but firms themselves are constrained by limits of budget, production costs, and competition both domestic and international; and that if firms do not optimize production from labor, consumers will maximize their own utility by buying the products from firms who can charge lower prices. And thus, in the long run, firms that do not minimize costs of labor will exit the market in the long-run.
In addition to long run effects, Peri illustrates that the short-term negative effects never rise above the statistical number zero, and are well-enough negated by the significant long-term gains to in wages per hour and expansion of the economy for U.S. citizens.
In conclusion, it is point of historical fact that immigrant labor has improved the position of the U.S. citizen laborer. And thus, unless new data shows that immigrants negatively effect the U.S. citizen in terms of labor, then the U.S. should seek to expand or sustain immigrant labor in the U.S. because it will benefit the country on average, and on net, in economic terms.
"Let's Discuss Immigrants" Series Previous Posts
Part 3) Let's Discuss Immigrants: What Data Should We Use in Discussing & Why? What do Immigrants Mean to Every U.S. Person?
Part 2) Let's Discuss Immigrants: How Do We Begin to Think Through This Subject?
Part 1.) Let's Discuss Immigrants: Are Immigrants Good, Bad, or Neither? and Should There Be More or Less?
Rytina, Nancy. Baker, Bryan. Estimates of the Lawful Permanent Resident Population in the United States. Jan. 2013. Web. https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/ois_lpr_pe_2013_0.pdf
Singer, Audrey. Immigrant Workers in the U.S. Labor Force. Brookings Institute. Web. 2012. http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2012/03/15-immigrant-workers-singer - 1