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A THEORETICAL EXPOSITION OF MIGRATION ENFORCEMENT ON EXISTING MIGRANT AND DOMESTIC HOUSEHOLDS

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  • I thank David Molina for suggesting the topic. This paper benefited by comments and suggestions made by Patrick Conway, Matiur Rahman, participants at the Texas A&M conference on Economic Issues Affecting Hispanic and African American Communities, and participants at the Department of Economics at LSU where an early version of this paper was presented. I thank the two anonymous referees of this journal for excellent feedback. All remanding errors are my own.

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ABSTRACT This paper presents a model with a domestic household and a heterogeneous migrant household in arrival timing. The domestic and documented migrant households divide their one unit of time between lobbying for/against immigration enforcement expenditures and employment. The analysis shows that an increase in public dislike for undocumented workers lowers domestic and existing migrant households private investment in own child education. It also causes average public expenditures on education to fall and leads to a negative impact on the educational outcomes of all households.

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