of undocumented immigrants have higher rates of crime?” The answer, reports the Post, “is a resounding no.”
Linking immigration to crime is only one falsehood Trump uses to justify his hardline policies. Another is that immigrants are bad for the economy, driving down wages and taking jobs away from nativeborn Americans.
That’s not true either. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine reviewed 20 years of data and concluded, “Immigration has an overall positive impact on long-run economic growth in the U.S.”
Demographic trends make this finding more valid and vital than ever. The surge of retiring baby boomers -- about 10,000 turn 65 every day -- comes as U.S. birth rates are plummeting to historic lows. These two developments place the country’s economic safety net in grave danger. The best answer to that threat: more young, hardworking, tax-paying immigrants -- not fewer.
Gerald F. Seib, writing in the Wall Street Journal, concludes: “There is a good case that America’s economy -- growing and thriving -- has never needed immigrant labor more than it does now.”
And yet this president, with his