Migrations and Cultures by Thomas Sowell
It may soon become much harder to enter and stay in the United States than it is now. With a major congressional reform bill in the works, and with each of this year’s presidential candidates vying to take a harder line than the other, the current seems to be turning against high levels of immigration.
Today’s anti-immigration movement, though often misguided, should nevertheless be distinguished from raw xenophobia. Even foes of our present, latitudinarian policies have expressed their pride in America’s basic identity as a “nation of immigrants,” as well as their desire to benefit from the skills that at least some immigrants bring. The problem, as they see it, is that immigration appears to be functioning less well than it once did at filling the country with talented people and fresh ideas.
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