Immigrants Boost Wages for Everyone, CITYLAB

Isaac Osei-Acheampong photographs the New York City Skyline as he rides a ferry from Ellis Island after becoming a United States Citizen at a special U.S. naturalization ceremony. Mike Segar/Reuters

Not long ago, prominent Democratic leaders like former President Barack Obama and progressive pundits like Paul Krugman publicly questioned what unskilled, low-paid immigrant laborers meant for American workers and the U.S. economy. Today, however, Democrats are almost totally unified in their support of open borders.

That’s the basis of Peter Beinart’s argument in The Atlantic that Democrats have lost their way on immigration. Beinart cites much-debated research that suggests low-skill immigrants depress the wages of less-skilled Americans, and he questions other findings that immigrants of all skill groups benefit U.S. cities and the American economy as a whole.

Published June 27, 2017

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