Benefits To The US Of Immigration Vastly Exceed The Costs

By Andrea Hernandez


Trump’s trade policies won’t help my town

Sir, Rana Foroohar, in “Trump’s trade policies won’t help my town” (March 6), argues that “cultural tensions” arising from the loss of US industrial jobs in the face of a “burgeoning immigration community” have caused an otherwise “legitimate debate” about trade and industrial policy to be “sidetracked by xenophobia”.
Her conclusion that xenophobia accounts for the seemingly irrational introduction of immigration policy into a trade debate is premised on “a large body of research” showing that “immigration is a net benefit to the US, at both the top and bottom levels”. In particular, immigrants are the “key reason” that growth in the US population and gross domestic product will “outpace most of the rest of the rich world”.

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