The big lie about immigration
The New York Times
As an advocate of moderation, I’d like to be able to claim there’s “a reasonable middle ground on immigration,” said David Brooks. But “when you wade into the evidence, you find that the case for restricting immigration is pathetically weak.” Restrictionists insist the country currently has too many immigrants, both legal and illegal, and that they’re competing for jobs and eroding America’s culture. But let’s look at rural America, from New England down to Appalachia and over to the upper Midwest. These places are often 95 percent white, with few immigrants. Are they thriving? “Quite the opposite.” These are some of our country’s most blighted communities, with few new businesses and jobs, widespread family breakdown, and rampant opioid addiction. Immigrants, on the other hand, show far more traditional American values than the native-born: Ambitious and optimistic, they start new businesses at twice the rate of non-immigrants, have fewer out-of-wedlock children, and commit less crime. The second and third generations of Hispanic and Asian immigrants are indeed assimilating, intermarrying, and even identifying themselves as white. It’s no wonder some native-born Americans resent immigrants, who are proving that the American Dream still works—if you’re willing to do anything to succeed.