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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

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