Immigration Tied to Economic Success

City Observatory's Joe Cortright examines how immigration rates affect regional economic development. This research indicate that policies that exclude immigrants are not only mean, they are also stupid.
February 4, 2017, 5am PST | Todd Litman
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"America is a nation of immigrants, and its economy is propelled and activated by its openness to immigration and the new ideas and entrepreneurial energy that immigrants provide," writes Joe Cortright, in a focused response to recent proclamations by the Trump Administration limiting immigration and travel to the United States.

Cortright provides numerous examples of the obvious and out-sized benefits famous immigrants have offered the United States, before turning his attention to the scale of the contribution to the U.S. economy by "foreign-born talent."

"Several of the nation’s most productive metropolitan areas–San Jose, San Francisco, New York and Seattle–all have above average levels of foreign-born persons among their best educated," according to Cortright.

And in case you're looking for a succinctly phrased, but still multi-faceted argument against the Trump's Administration policies, here's Cortright's concluding paragraph:

There are a lot of reasons to oppose President Trump’s ban on immigration from these Islamic countries. The most important reasons are moral, ethical and legal. But on top of them, there’s a strongly pragmatic, economic rationale as well: the health and dynamism of the US economy, and of the metropolitan areas that power the knowledge-driven sectors of that economy, depend critically on the openness to smart people from around the world.

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Published on Thursday, February 2, 2017 in City Observatory
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