The Obamoids recently sent out this video:
Supposedly, immigration reform is a wonderful idea because, even considering the additional social services that some of them might require, we’ll be far ahead in terms of jobs and economic growth.
I don’t subscribe to the common belief that immigrants are an unmitigated drain on our resources and our society. I live in New York City, a place built by immigrants, and I see that wondrous things happen when the brightest people from around the world come together.
On the other hand, I also know that some immigrants are a drain on the system, and worse, the government, particularly the Federal government, doesn’t seem interested in doing anything about it. My sense is that it pretty much balances out overall, although some places do suffer because, locally, there are very many more who are draining than contributing.
I’ve written before in these pages that both parties, contrary to their rhetoric, actually like our mangled immigration system the way it is, as it serves their respective purposes. So I’m skeptical of any proposal on general principles. But the notion that immigration reform would somehow boost the economy seems ludicrous.
Am I missing something?