When Trump first announced his new immigration policy alongside two Republican senators earlier this week, it was met with harsh backlash from Americans around the country. The bill’s provisions that make English fluency essentially a requirement to be considered for a visa were especially ill-received, with even Fox News correspondents weighing in to denounce it as inefficient and irresponsible policy that would limit the ability of United States firms to benefit from talent around the world. This would put the country at a disadvantage when compared to countries that allow easier immigration, making it more difficult to compete on the international stage.
Now, a group of economists have weighed in and provided the facts and figures to show that this bill would weaken the United States’ economy. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a report that indicates that a variety of economists and demographers agree that immigration is beneficial for the economy as a whole, even at the individual level.
This means that every American experiences tangible benefits as a result of immigration- even those who ignorantly and vehemently oppose making it easier for people to immigrate legally.
In a room full of academics who rarely agree on anything, there was a consensus about the validity of the benefits of immigration. According to Rutgers Economics Professor Jenna Hunt, “There’s no disagreement. I don’t think you’ll find an economist or demographer that doesn’t think immigration increases the size of the pie going to natives.” As usual, Trump can’t find anyone knowledgeable to actually support his policy.
This is just more proof that Donald Trump doesn’t care about the outcomes of his policy. He sees politics as a series of opportunities for him to “win” by forcing Congress to pass things that most experts agree would be harmful in the long run. His unhealthy obsession with getting his way is a psychosis in and of itself, but it’s also an incredibly dangerous way to lead a country when the lives of millions of people hang in the balance.
Republicans need to understand that we do not live in a “post-fact” era. If economists are saying this bill would harm the economy, for them to pretend otherwise is childish and irresponsible governance. In order to force them to listen to the experts, please like and share this message in order to make sure that constituents know the harm that this bill could do to the economy.