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Broken Borders: Government, Foreign-Born Workers, and the U.S. Economy

September 16, 2013
By Benjamin Powell and Zachary Gochenour

In this report, Banjamin Powell and Zachary Gochenour write that the U.S. government interferes with the market for foreign laborers by restricting the number and mix of immigrants and setting tight quantitative limits on foreign-born guest workers.

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In this report, Banjamin Powell and Zachary Gochenour write that the U.S. government interferes with the market for foreign laborers by restricting the number and mix of immigrants and setting tight quantitative limits on foreign-born guest workers. This has created a mismatch between the demand for foreign workers from U.S. businesses and their supply, directly leading to the illegal immigration situation we have today. 

Despite the current shutdown, immigration reform remains near the top of Congress' agenda. The current system inefficiently limits the gains that our economy could achieve from employing larger numbers of foreign workers, and it disproportionately harms small U.S. businesses. 

Senior Fellow Benjamin Powell and Research Fellow Zachary Gochenour's study shows that the economic fears associated with increased guest workers and immigrants are unfounded. Available now. Obtain your copy to learn how to overcome current government limitations and interference.

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