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Primary Advisor

David Dillman

Secondary Advisor

Neal Coates

Committee Reader

Mel Hailey


Immigration is major topic discussed in politics today, and an issue that I have become quite interested in over the last couple of years of studying political science and international relations. I interned last summer at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) of Abilene where I worked as an intensive case management caseworker, assisting clients with transportation to pay bills, set up social security, and bank accounts. This paper provides an overview of immigration, and then dives into the immigrant visa process which I learned about during my internship at IRC, the economic benefits of immigration, the importance of family-based immigration, and the current administration’s view of immigration and potential policy proposals in the future. This research provides a basis for understanding how immigration affects our economy and labor market in a positive way and acknowledges the many contributions that immigrants provide to the U.S.

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