San Diego Law Review


Walter A. Fogel

Library of Congress Authority File


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This article discusses the economic impact of illegal aliens on the United States economy. The author starts by briefly addressing four different kinds of impacts on the United States from illegal immigration: Sociopolitical, Population, Labor standards, and Social welfare costs. The author then examines the impact of immigration on the market including general trends, the effect of immigration on the market in the current period, the fear of American workers being displaced from their jobs, and the impact on employment and wages. Next the author examines immigration policy both as an ethical problem and how to restrict illegal immigration. The author concludes that the only way to prevent illegal immigration is to take away the incentive, which is employment, by making it illegal to hire illegal aliens and require legal workers to carry some sort of work card.