With President Trump’s campaign promise during the presidential election to bring about comprehensive immigration reform, and Tuesday’s announcement that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) would be rescinded, it’s reasonable to wonder who will fill the jobs vacated by deportees—Dreamers or not. The answer, surprisingly, may be other undocumented immigrants—with Americans paying higher prices for the goods and services as a result.
With the U.S. Census Bureau estimating the population to be close to 319 million people, the issue focuses on a very small segment, 3.5%, of the entire U.S. population. According to a 2017 Pew Research Center study, there were 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants living the United States in 2014 and 71%, or 8 million of those 11.3 million, participating in the U.S. labor force.
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