Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

The Myth of ‘Self-Deportation’

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"[E]vidence from studies conducted in states where such enforcement laws have been enacted shows that immigration restrictionists have gotten it wrong.  Immigrant population in these states has remained in place and the predicted exodus never materialized.  Economic factors, rather than enforcement, have played a far more important role in reducing the rate of undocumented entry into the United States.  This report uses important research findings from cognitive psychology and behavioral economics to explain why restrictionists have gotten it wrong and people do not behave in the “rational” way that restrictionists expect them to." -