First: Why immigration is good.
Data gathered from a stylized model of a local labor market indicates just how good immigration really is. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research study, these positive economic effects include:
- Each immigrant creates 1.2 local jobs for local workers, most going to native-born workers.
- 60%+ of the jobs created by immigrants are in non-traded services (that is, industries and firms which produce goods and services consumed locally, in the region they were produced).
- Immigrants appear to raise local non-tradable sector wages.
- Immigrants attract native-born workers from elsewhere in the country.
In sum, the great news is that immigration provides a "shot-in-the-arm" to local economies by easing downward pressure that the extra labor supply would ordinarily place upon local wages. Immigration also increases the variety of non-traded services available in the local economy. In turn, this benefits all local consumers, both native-born and immigrant, as immigration may actually raise real wages in terms of the overall consumer price index.
Second: Why Donald Trump is correct.
Contrast those data with the data released by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in January 2015 that are contained in a Department of Homeland Security study...the study Donald Trump was referenceing. It identified criminal activity in 2013 on the part of 36k+ illegal immigrants in the U.S. According to the Washington Times, those illegal immigrants amassed ~88k convictions, including:
- 193 homicide convictions;
- 426 sexual assault convictions,
- 303 kidnapping convictions; and,
- ~16.1k drunken- or drugged- driving convictions.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had been holding these 36k+ illegal immigrants. However, they were released into the general population in 2013 by the Obama administration.
Immigrants should be welcomed and invited to participate in the nation's lifeblood. Illegal immigrants who commit crimes should be sent home.
Let the discussion begin...
To read the National Bureau of Economic Research study, click on the following link:
"Are Immigrants a Shot In the Arm For the Local Economy?"
To read the Washington Times article, click on the following: