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In immigration reform, undocumented immigrants value work visas and family visits more than access to healthcare and social security.

Melo, Grace, Colson, Gregory and Ramirez, Octavio (2014) In immigration reform, undocumented immigrants value work visas and family visits more than access to healthcare and social security. USApp– American Politics and Policy Blog (25 Nov 2014). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

With a wide-range of competing immigration reform bills being debated in a gridlocked U.S. congress, the question remains: can a compromise bill ever emerge and what is the optimal form it should take? Surprisingly, there is little evidence on the immigration reform attributes most valued by the group who will be most affected: illegal immigrants themselves. Grace Melo, Gregory Colson, and Octavio Ramirez examine the tradeoff and dollar value Hispanic immigrants place on different attributes of competing U.S. Senate and House immigration reform bills. They find that illegal immigrants place a substantial value on long-term work visas, a path to citizenship, and the ability for family members to be eligible for visitation rights. Notably, a green card is valued approximately the same as a ten year work visa. Access to government safety nets including medical care and social security are valued to a lesser extent.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors, USApp– American Politics and Policy Blog, The London School of Economics and Political Science.; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2014 13:30
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2019 23:19
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/60409

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