By Dallin Overstreet

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Has America run out of room for immigrants? This has become a key question in the recent surge of interest in immigration policy in the United States. Supporters of tighter restrictions on immigration use various arguments to answer this question, citing higher crime rates caused by immigration, negative effects of immigration on the economy, and low levels of availability of housing, food, and jobs.

This study seeks to determine the validity of some of these arguments and to determine if the United States has run out of room for immigrants. We examine data ranging from 1960 to 2017, in hope of examining the effects that a relatively high rate of immigration has on the U.S. economy.

We find that while immigration may have some negative effects in the United States, many of the arguments used by those who support tighter immigration restrictions are not backed by data. Immigration is not strongly correlated with a large portion of the negative effects many claim it to be. We also find that many of the resources and goods thought to be in short supply due to immigration are more widely available today than they were in 1960.


Dallin Overstreet is a Senior Policy Analyst at the American Freedom Institute

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