Last updated on: 3/1/2016 | Author:

Patrick Oakford, MSc Biography

Research Assistant at the Center for American Progress
Pro to the question "Should the Government Allow a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants?"

“As our study demonstrates, legal status and a road map to citizenship for the unauthorized will bring about significant economic gains in terms of growth, earnings, tax revenues, and jobs—all of which will not occur in the absence of immigration reform or with reform that creates a permanent sub-citizen class of residents. We also show that the timing of reform matters: The sooner we provide legal status and citizenship, the greater the economic benefits are for the nation.”

“The Economic Effects of Granting Legal Status and Citizenship to Undocumented Immigrants,” Center for American Progress website, Mar. 20, 2013

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Research Assistant, Economic Policy Department, Center for American Progress
  • Former Research Fellow, Cornell University
  • MSc, Migration Studies, University of Oxford
  • BS, Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University
  • Twitter handle: @patrickoakford
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?