Immigration and the Economy

The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour  This week on the program, we bring you a forum that looks at immigration and the economy.

This conversation was held in the wake of significant changes to immigration enforcement by the Trump Administration such as family separation, stepped-up deportation, and significantly reduced numbers of allowed asylum applicants.

Since the original air-date, the administration’s immigration policy has been criticized for threatening to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border, and for inhumane conditions in both adult and child detention centers.

But how do immigrants — both documented and undocumented — contribute to the overall U.S. economy? And what is the economic impact of immigration and immigration enforcement here in Utah?

Speaking on the panel: José Vincente Borjón López-Coterilla, who works for the Utah Consul of Mexico; Lara Fritts, Director of the Department of Economic Development for Salt Lake City; Alex Guzman, President of the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Moderating the discussion is Jennifer Robinson, Associate Director of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah.

This discussion was recorded on February 20, 2019 and originally aired earlier this year.

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