Last updated on: 1/8/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Raul Hinojosa, PhD Biography

Title:
Associate Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“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

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
Education:
  • PhD, Political Science, University of Chicago, 1989
  • MA, Social Science-Anthropology, University of Chicago, 1980
  • BA, Economics, University of Chicago, 1980
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is Illegal Immigration an Economic Burden to America?