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Immigration reform: Economic downsides?

EconoMeter panelists weighs upside and downside

Roger Showley, U-T SAN DIEGO

Friday, November 28, 2014

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Kelly Cunningham, National University System
Answer: YES

Legalization by executive action prioritizes 5 million illegal immigrants over millions more legal immigrants endeavoring to move through proper channels to become American citizens and/or obtain visas. The legal immigrants are thus pushed much farther back in the process and have even greater waiting times separated from their families. Once we allow leaders to change laws arbitrarily, to fit a particular circumstance, we no longer have the rule of law. The direct and indirect costs of this leaves greater and lasting damages. In economic terms, it is a tradeoff of greater value-add, higher capabilities for lesser value, lower capacities.