The widespread claim that immigrants are stealing American jobs is a myth

It seems to me that opposition to immigration generally falls into one of two categories (or perhaps both): 1) racial or ethnic bigotry, or 2) economic considerations. In that latter category, the theory persists that immigrants are taking jobs that would otherwise be filled by American citizens. But that ignores evidence that immigrants also create jobs, not just fill them. In fact, the economic benefits  of immigration generally, if not entirely, are positive. Adam Davidson explains HERE: Rationally speaking, we should take in far more...

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Ruling by Texas judge against Obama’s immigration initiative likely will be overturned

If you’re one of those conservatives who  feel inclined to start dancing in the streets because of a certain court ruling the other day concerning President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, I suggest that you hold off for a little while. You see, some folks who know about this stuff feel that the ruling at issue eventually will be overturned. At least, that’s what it says HERE: A Texas judge’s freeze on Barack Obama’s plan to shield millions of immigrants from deportation likely won’t last long, legal experts...

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It doesn’t matter that Obama flip-flopped on legality of executive action on immigration

Republicans who think President Obama’s executive action on immigration is illegal or unconstitutional delight in noting that the president said so himself  just  a few years ago. Yes, he did. But he was wrong. Dara Lind EXPLAINS: Where the GOP runs into trouble is that they’re not just using Obama’s past statements to show that the president flip-flopped. They’re trying to use them as proof that the new executive actions are officially unconstitutional, or at least illegal. This is a weirdly circular argument. The GOP...

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Public reaction to Obama’s immigration initiative is nothing like Republicans predicted

In the days before and just after President Obama announced executive action on immigration reform, more than a few Republican lawmakers warned that Americans generally would react with great anger. One senator even expressed concern that civil unrest would ensue. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said the midterm elections had represented a huge outcry against anything less than a hard-line stand on illegal immigration. Well, here we are a few weeks later, and virtually all of these portents of hell-to-pay have been shown to be just hot air. Of course,...

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Did your ancestors from abroad go through any formal immigration process?

Almost everybody in America had ancestors who came from some other country. But if yours came  here much more than a century ago, they didn’t likely endure any official immigration rigamorole. They just arrived on ships or some other mode of transportation and found some place to call home. But it’s not unusual these days for Americans to claim, often with an unwarranted air of certainty, that their ancestors “came here legally.”  In truth, their ancestors’ arrival might well have been neither legal nor illegal....

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