Economist: U.S. workers ‘more likely to lose than to gain from immigration restrictions’

It’s a fact that undocumented immigrants bilk the Secret Service for leased office space and take extravagant golfing vacations at the expense of taxpayer dol—oh wait, that’s someone else. What is a fact, however, is that undocumented immigrants, contrary to the lies fed by the Tweeter-in-Chief, aren’t eligible for public benefits. They also contribute an estimated $12 billion a year in local and state taxes, which means they add to a Social Security fund they’ll never be able to access. Donald Trump claims he wants to protect American workers through his neo-Nazi-endorsed “legal” immigration bill—it’s really an attempt to cut down on non-white immigration—but he should really listen to the experts, not Richard Spencer:

When the federal government banned the use of farmworkers from Mexico in 1964, California’s tomato growers did not enlist Americans to harvest the fragile crop. They replaced the lost workers with tomato-picking machines.

The Trump administration

Wednesday embraced a proposal to sharply reduce legal immigration, which it said would preserve jobs and lead to higher wages — the same argument advanced by the Kennedy and Johnson administrations half a century ago.

But economists say the tomato story and a host of related evidence show that there is no clear connection between less immigration and more jobs for Americans. Rather, the prevailing view among economists is that immigration increases economic growth, improving the lives of the immigrants and the lives of the people who are already here.

“The average American worker is more likely to lose than to gain from immigration restrictions,” said Giovanni Peri, a UC Davis economist. According to research from the American Immigration Council, “not only are immigrants unlikely to take jobs away from the native born, but they can also create new jobs for American workers.”

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