Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers: How Will Raising the Minimum Wage Affect Illegal Immigrants?

Immigration is a political hot topic right now and will likely continue to be as we head into the next presidential election. Among other issues surrounding immigration, there are questions regarding how an increase in the national minimum wage will affect undocumented workers, current employees and the economy. While some believe it could result in the job market suffering and cause immigrants to seek employment elsewhere, others believe it would increase the demands for undocumented workers.

According to a 2013 study by researchers from Texas A&M, a 10 percent increase in the real minimum wage is associated with a 0.53 percentage-point decrease in the net job growth rate. In addition, the American Action Forum reported that a national minimum wage of $10.00 per hour would cost approximately 2.3 million jobs per year.

In an interview with the Washington Reporter, an immigration policy analyst at the libertarian Cato Institute said that immigrants are more likely to be negatively impacted by a minimum wage increase, especially those that are lower-skilled.

Democrats and Republican continue to remain polarized on the issue. Some politicians are calling for an increase of the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour. Conversely, politicians opposed to a minimum wage increase indicate that they would only support a wage increase if it went towards immigration reform in the form of funds for the guest worker program.

Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers at Surin & Griffin, PC Represent Undocumented Immigrants

If you are working without proper documentation and you are facing an immigration issue, contact Philadelphia immigration lawyers at Surin & Griffin, PC. Our dedicated team of multi-lingual lawyers will work hard on your behalf to ensure that you secure the proper documents, and that your legal rights are protected. To set up a consultation, call our offices at 215-925-4435 or contact us online.