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Absorbing Immigrants

In the past hour I’ve been asked twice if Americans today can afford to take in the children now on our southern border.  My answer, and it is unequivocal, is yes.  Here’s my conclusion:

The fact is America today is much wealthier, healthier, spacious, and resource-rich than it was a century ago. And we owe many of these advances to the creativity and effort of immigrants. If open immigration worked until 1924 to enrich America, it can do so now with even greater certainty. Let’s welcome more immigrants so that they can help themselves, and us, build even better lives.

The piece linked to above is 12 years old; it would be improved by being updated.  My guess is that updating it would make my argument even stronger.