Illegal Immigration

April 24, 1992 • Volume 2, Issue 16
Does it damage the economy and strain social services?
By Rodman D. Griffin


America is a land of opportunity, built with the contributions of immigrants from all points on the globe. Yet according to public opinion polls, roughly two-thirds of Americans now believe the United States is being overrun and overburdened by the recent waves of newcomers. Most of the ire is reserved for those who enter the country illegally, the majority of whom are Mexicans. Recent efforts to staunch the flow -- by passing tougher immigration laws and tightening enforcement along the U.S.-Mexican border -- have proved futile. Illegal immigrants seem increasingly willing to take great risks and withstand terrible hardships to come to the United States -- and to accept low wages once they're here. But contrary to popular perceptions, most experts say illegals probably are not a net drain on the economy.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
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Mar. 19, 2021  Immigration Overhaul
Feb. 24, 2017  Immigrants and the Economy
Sep. 02, 2016  U.S.-Mexico Relations
Oct. 23, 2015  Immigrant Detention
Sep. 27, 2013  Border Security
Mar. 09, 2012  Immigration Conflict
Dec. 2010  Europe's Immigration Turmoil
Sep. 19, 2008  America's Border Fence
Feb. 01, 2008  Immigration Debate Updated
May 04, 2007  Real ID
May 06, 2005  Illegal Immigration
Jul. 14, 2000  Debate Over Immigration
Jan. 24, 1997  The New Immigrants
Feb. 03, 1995  Cracking Down on Immigration
Sep. 24, 1993  Immigration Reform
Apr. 24, 1992  Illegal Immigration
Jun. 13, 1986  Immigration
Dec. 10, 1976  Illegal Immigration
Dec. 13, 1974  The New Immigration
Feb. 12, 1964  Immigration Policy Revision
Feb. 06, 1957  Immigration Policy
Nov. 27, 1951  Emigration from Europe
Feb. 09, 1945  Immigration to Palestine
Sep. 30, 1940  Forced Migrations
Apr. 18, 1939  Immigration and Deportation
Jul. 27, 1931  Deportation of Aliens
Mar. 12, 1929  The National-Origin Immigration Plan
Aug. 19, 1927  Immigration from Canada and Latin America
Nov. 01, 1926  Quota Control and the National Origin System
Jul. 12, 1924  Immigration and its Relation to Political and Economic Theories and Party Affiliation
Immigration and Naturalization
Outsourcing and Immigration
Welfare and Welfare Reform