Giovanni Peri comments on the after effects of an immigration raid in a Tennessee town featured in Yahoo

Migration Research Cluster

While there hasn’t been much research on the long-term effects of worksite immigration raids nationally, studies on the impacts of previous efforts to ramp up immigration enforcement in general — which, like raids, have largely netted immigrants with minor offenses who work and contribute to the economy — have found that removing such people from a community does not result in improved wages or employment opportunities for native-born workers.

Giovanni comments that "Enforcement we’ve seen in the past has not created the jobs that [politicians] say should be created if you take these jobs away from undocumented immigrants," Additionally he says "evidence does not show a depressing effect of immigration on employment or a positive effect when immigrants move out. In fact, its the opposite."

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