Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences (BCAS)

Date of Last Revision

2020-05-27 11:44:02


Political Science - Criminal Justice

Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2020


This analysis looks specifically at the economic effect of illegal immigration on the United States. This review and comparison of multiple sources looks at the impact illegal immigration has on a small scale such as communities at the local level all the way up the large scale at the federal level. It assesses some of the contributing factors that play a role in the effect illegal immigration has on the economy such as healthcare and crime rate. This study also compares estimates of the illegal immigrant population in the country over the past few decades to determine how the number of illegal immigrants in the country effect the economy. Illegal immigration is a difficult issue to study as many of the sources note due to the fact that any illegal activity is hard to gather data on. Most of the information in this study and in the sources being evaluated come from official records as well as surveys of illegal immigrants.

Research Sponsor

Phil Marcin

First Reader

Nancy Marion

Second Reader

Ron Gelleny

Honors Faculty Advisor

Ron Gelleny



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