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From: [Name Withheld]
As an immigrant American from the wretched classes,
I, of course, disagree with your conclusions about
about immigration. I am curious as to whether you
believe, in any shape or form, that immigrants might
have had a small hand in the prosperity of the nation
that has existed for the last 10 years.
VDARE replies: Thanks for your
letter. The short answer is no. There is a substantial
technical literature on this, and the evidence seems
to be clear that, while immigrants do increase GDP,
they receive most of the benefits themselves, in the
form of wages. Native-born Americans are not better
off. You can check this argument by searching our site
under, e.g., borjas
– Harvard`s George Borjas is the leading economist
in the field.
The longer answer is that we
think skilled immigrants can be mildly beneficial. But
of course they displace articulate people - we could
never have gotten up to a million skilled immigrants a
year; the political backlash would have been too
great. And anyway the current system isn`t set up to
produce skilled immigrants.
February 06, 2001