Somehow, without even noticing, we have ironically lost the values that are what make people want to come to the United States in the first place. Put another way, it is not the shouted threats about a wall that will “make our country great, again,” it is the understanding of how much the diversity, energy, and substance immigrants have historically contributed to our country, enriching it all the way from the economy to the cuisine. They are already here in numbers that exceed some countries’ population—11 million—living among their neighborhoods, communities, co-workers, friends and families. Americans by definition— if not by name.
Economists have overwhelmingly viewed immigration, including illegal immigration, as a positive for the U.S.economy. Both high-skilled and low-skilled immigrants make the average American better off. And a study by the Cato Institute found that the legalization of illegal workers in the US would result in a net increase of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 180 billion over 10 years.
But as policy is argued in the Supreme Court, presidential campaigns, the media and across kitchen tables, the impact on human lives is the elephant in the room...
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