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Where Millions Entered U.S., a Debate on Letting in More

Publication Date: 
March 31, 2007
The New York Times
Nina Bernstein

Dan Siciliano, who testifed during the Congressional hearing on immigration recently held on Ellis Island, was quoted in this New York Times coverage:

Dan Siciliano, who teaches corporate governance at Stanford Law School, cited recent research showing that the record immigration between 1990 and 2004 had helped to increase wages in the United States, contradicting older research that predicted the opposite would occur. He said that immigration-- including illegal immigration --increased the wages of the native-born by an average of 1.8 percent, and by as much as 3.4 percent among 9 out of 10 native-born workers with at least a high school education.

Mr. Siciliano, a research fellow at the Immigration Policy Center, an organization affiliated with groups that support liberalized immigration, said the older studies failed to recognize that immigrants create jobs as well as fill them.

With enough immigrant waiters to staff a restaurant for lunch as well as dinner, for example, he said, the owner will make more on his capital investment -- and perhaps open a second restaurant across town.

''There's a divide between what we say we want from immigration and what the economy is telling us we need,'' he said.