Immigrants are often used as scapegoats for those feeling the economic pinch of joblessness. However, for the last 15 years, immigrants have not been a source of significant job competition for the native-born in the United States. In fact, immigrants have not contributed to job loss in the United States since 1999.
Rather than acknowledge the enormous economic contributions that immigrants make (and have always made), the restrictionists persist in their decades-long quest to scare the native-born population.
On July 13, Ann Saphir and Terry Wade reported for Reuters (Fed policymakers say immigration key to leaving rut of slow growth) on a point that perhaps all sides of the immigration debate can support: positive immigration growth leads to economic growth.
When the Republican National Committee unveiled its most harshly anti-immigrant platform in recent history on Monday, it did so in a city that has pushed hard in recent years to attract newcomers instead of repel them. Local leaders are actively making the city more accepting.