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Will immigration have an impact on the supply chain?

Jeff Berman doesn’t see the US illegal immigrant question as a problem – he sees it as an opportunity! While legislators argue over how to apply law and practice, Berman is looking at what hidden possibilities could open up if roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants became U.S. citizens. For starters, He imagines those new U.S. citizens would want to pursue the American Dream: One way to look at how it could possibly be a boon for both supply chains and the U.S. economy is that more permanent residents could equate into more demand for all types of goods that the supply chain delivers. If a decent percentage of these immigrants get citizenship, there is a decent possibility many of them would want their own chance at the American Dream, purchasing things like homes (and all of the things that come in them) and automobiles, among other items, too. He recognizes that the influx of citizens won’t have a dramatic effect on the economy – or even a moderate one – but it will have some effect, and in the end the positive purchasing will result in benefits for supply chains. More purchasers mean more purchases, which means – ultimately – more money flow. The question really becomes: how will manufacturers reshape to account for this influx, and will that shifting carry down into existing supply chains more or less heavily than any other potential market change. Something that the article doesn't account for is, simply, that undocumented immigrants are already affecting businesses with purchasing power – and that the stark difference between undocumented status and citizenship may be when and how they buy, not that overall purchases will increase.

About Matthew Kabik

Matthew Kabik is the former Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He worked at Computer Aid, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 in the Harrisburg offices, where he was a copywriter, swordsman, social media consultant, and trainer before moving into editorial.

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