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Immigrants, Work, & Welfare

Here’s a letter that I sent earlier this week to the Washington Post.  It’s in response to this column by the generally very thoughtful and sound Robert Samuelson.

Robert Samuelson misses an important point when he discusses immigration ("Seeking Sense on Immigration," May 2).

who worry so raucously about immigrants using taxpayer-funded welfare
should lead the charge to eliminate the countless restrictions aimed at
preventing immigrants from working legally.  It’s phony to insist that
immigrants’ employment options be severely restricted and then, in the
next breath, to pontificate about the need to keep immigrants from
using welfare.

Donald J. Boudreaux