Population Research and Policy Review

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 211–231

U.S. foreign economic policy and illegal immigration

Authors

  • Sidney Weintraub
    • LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF00157997

Cite this article as:
Weintraub, S. Popul Res Policy Rev (1983) 2: 211. doi:10.1007/BF00157997

Abstract

It is often suggested that the most effective policy for the United States, if it wishes to curtail illegal immigration from nearby countries, is to manipulate foreign economic instruments to support their economic development. The Reagan administration's Caribbean Basin Initiative is responsive to this approach in its proposals for increased aid and trade and tax preferences for beneficiary countries. Analysis of U.S. trade, investment, and aid relations with migrant-sending countries leads to the conclusion that these preferences could have a marginal impact on job creation in these countries, but there is no assurance that a modest rise in economic opportunity will lead to a decrease in emigration in the foreseeable future. In addition, preferential trade and tax treatment for some countries involves a departure from U.S. policy and would lead to a clamor for equal treatment by other countries.

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