Op-ed: The Many Benefits Immigrants Bring to the US

Recent debates over America’s immigration policy are exposing a deep rift in conservative politics. In the Utah Senate debate earlier this year, Mitt Romney referred to U.S. policies that separated immigrant parents from their children at the border as a “dark chapter” in American history. Others have urged President Donald Trump to uphold his campaign promises by taking stronger steps to restrict immigration.

Those who support restricting immigration claim that the U.S. economy is already at full employment, which means an influx of immigrants will only further strain public funds that are already stretched too thin.

While calls for restricting immigration are often made on economic grounds, there is little evidence that restricting immigration will improve America’s economic situation. If anything, restrictionism would hurt the economy.

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