The London Daily Telegraph
reports this morning that a parliamentary inquiry is about to report that the record immigration levels inflicted on Britain under Tony Blair have brought "close to zero"
economic benefits to the native-born. (Migration has brought "zero" economic benefit
, by Phillip Johnston and Robert Winnet, March 29, 2008).
This, of course, is entirely consistent with the consensus among U.S. labor economists - immigration brings no net aggregate gain to the native-born - that I noted in Alien Nation
almost exactly thirteen years ago
. (P. 163-164 noted similar results from Canada and Australia).
Three years earlier, in the National Review cover story
that grew into Alien Nation
, I quoted George Borjas
making the same point: ("The economic arguments for immigration simply aren`t decisive. You have to make a political case..."
Why has this simple point still not penetrated public consciousness? Because that would required campaigning journalism - endless anecdotes embroidering same moral. Needless to say, I
blame Bill Buckley