Why Republicans should want to expand protection from deportation

Source: Niskanen Center
by Jeremy L Neufeld

“There are compelling conservative reasons to expand the offer for provisional protected status to the parents of Dreamers, veterans, long-term law-abiding immigrants, and community leaders. The economic case practically explains itself. Undocumented status makes it dangerous for people to work. Granting more people protected status and work authorization means they can participate in the formal economy and provide for themselves, subject to the regulations and taxes associated with legal employment. And, the best economic evidence shows the American labor market can easily accommodate more labor without decreasing wages.” (02/08/17)