US economy: will immigration reform help the recovery?
Article features Affiliate Giovanni Peri's research

BBC- November 24, 2014

US President Barack Obama angered many – and pleased few – when he announced plans last week to reform parts of the US immigration system without Congressional approval.

But one potential impact of his plan – the boost it will provide to the US economy – could help sway many Americans who are still primarily concerned with the sluggish pace of the recovery.

The question, of course, is just how much the US economy could benefit from President Obama’s proposal, which would give an estimated four million immigrants who are here illegally a path towards legal status, as well as reforming part of the visa process that allows high-skilled workers primarily in technology fields to work in the US.