Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Immigration is Good For America
Tuesdays on WKYB I get to talk, mostly about happiness.
Immigrants are great for America. They improve the economy at the bottom and the top. They commit less crime. They pay more in taxes than they receive in benefits. They have a higher fertility rate, which we need in an era of below-replacement fertility.
Some demagogues play on fears about immigrants, citing some scary stories. They do not, though, show the proportions of crime, welfare use, and other scary things that immigrants produce compared to the native population.
Much of the illegality of illegal immigrants comes from their immigration status. If we had an easy guest worker program, then they could live and work here above board. This would prevent them from undermining wages, and make them more likely to cooperate with the authorities on all manner of civil order tasks.
The current ban on some immigrants, and the widespread fears of coming here that the administration has generated among all foreigners, has already hurt us in tourism, in foreign students, and in the kinds of workers we are trying to attract.
Let's go back to e pluribus unum and welcome immigrants.