Trump's Immigration Bill Would Make Us Poorer

8/3/2017 - Professor of Economics Giovanni Peri at Vox.

For years, the major talking point of anti-immigrant politicians and activists was that they don’t oppose legal immigration; they just resent undocumented immigrants breaking the law. But on Wednesday, the Trump administration finally stopped pretending and endorsed a measure by Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) to slash legal immigration in half.

Sent out to defend the idea to the press was White House policy adviser Stephen Miller, a longtime Senate staffer for Jeff Sessions, who before becoming attorney general was one of Congress's biggest hardliners on immigration.

Basically the only American-born group that you could even plausibly argue are harmed is high school dropouts. This is a fairly tiny group, but it’s not even clear they are harmed. Research by the University of Bologna's Gianmarco Ottaviano and UC Davis's Giovanni Peri finds that immigrants help the wages of even low-skilled American workers.

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