- 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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Individuals with advanced degrees in fields relevant to immigration. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to immigration.
- 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
- BA, Economics, University of Chicago, 1980
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