How you feel about immigration largely depends on whether you think the multiplier effect of immigration outweighs the displacement effect. As the U.S. birthrate drops below 2.1 children per woman, there will be fewer Americans available to be displaced over the next 30 years. At present the multiplier and displacement effects virtually cancel each other out, but in the future the multiplier effect immigrants have on the economy will far outweigh the number of Americans who are displaced from low skill jobs. In this paper from the Center for Global Development, the authors discuss the importance of increasing labor mobility. The District of Columbia will also be competing for low skilled labor. As a sanctuary city, it is a magnet for undocumented labor and is part of the black market for low-skilled labor. Reforming immigration would bring these individuals out of the shadows and would provide a significant tax benefit to the District.

Time Bound Labor Access Program