Associate Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
"First and foremost, [illegal immigration] it's a source of value added. The total goods and services that they consume through their paycheck, plus all that they produce for their employers, is close to about $800 billion. They're also producing at relatively lower costs because the undocumented population typically gets about 20% less in wages than if they were legalized. That leads to lower prices for us and higher profits to employers. In addition, they're obviously a huge consumer base. We've seen that 90% of the wages that the undocumented population gets are spent inside the U.S. Remittances are sent abroad, but that only represents about 10% of immigrants' income. The numbers are becoming quite huge. We estimate about $50 billion dollars in remittances this year. That means that total consumptive capacity remaining in the U.S. is $400 billion to $450 billion."
"A Massive Economic Development Boom," BusinessWeek, July 18, 2005
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Involvement and Affiliations:
Associate Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
Appointee, Economic Strategies Panel, State of California
Board Member, Los Angeles Community Development Bank
Originator, US and Mexican North American Development Bank, 1994
PhD, Political Science, University of Chicago, 1989
MA, Social Science-Anthropology, University of Chicago, 1980