Why Should Conservatives Embrace Immigration?

Daniel DiMartino,

Release Date
October 21, 2021


Economics Government Human Rights Immigration

Is immigration bad for the United States in 2021? Should the southern border be closed? Should we “build the wall,” as former President Donald Trump suggested?

Part 1 of Learn Liberty’s immigration series, “Why Should Conservatives Embrace Immigration?” tackles the stereotypical narratives around immigration from a Libertarian perspective — and from a statistical one.

As economic writer and researcher Daniel DiMartino describes, the economy doesn’t have a fixed number of jobs, and preventing highly skilled immigrants from entering the United States will only persuade companies to move those jobs elsewhere.

He also breaks down the long, complicated, bureaucratic process of legal immigration, from green cards to H-1B visas, that exists even though 3 out of 4 Americans — and even 3 out of 4 Republicans — believe we should make things easier for highly skilled immigrants.

But don’t just our word for it; also cited are Dr. David Card, Director of the Labor Studies Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research and Dr. Britta Glennon, Assistant Professor of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

Albert Einstein? David Ho, the scientist who created the treatment for AIDS? The late, great host of Jeopardy! Alex Trebek? All immigrants who helped make America great by innovating and bringing new skills into the country.

Who are some of your favorite people born outside the U.S. who have enriched life here? What should America’s immigration policy be to keep it at the forefront of innovation? Or, do you disagree entirely with the idea of opening the border to high-skilled workers? Tell us in the comments below — but please keep it civil.

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