Hillsdale College lecturer Michael Anton wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post claiming the U.S. doesn’t need immigrants. Here is why he’s wrong.
Fact: Polls show 80 percent of Republicans nationwide support protections for Dreamers.
Fact: By nearly any measure they’ve risen, especially as a result of the recent policies passed by the Republican Congressional majority.
Fact: There is no correlation between parts of the country with high numbers of immigrants and the parts with stagnating wages. In fact, the correlation runs in the opposite direction, with immigrant-heavy metro areas like Washington D.C., New York, and Los Angeles experiencing the fastest wage growth in recent decades, while areas with fewer immigrants — like Appalachia — have stagnated.
Fact: Borjas has found it negatively effects only those without a high-school diploma, and only by a small margin. This is a minority position among immigration scholars.