We Need Lots More Immigrants
A. Barton Hinkle thinks hardworking newcomers are good for America
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 6, 2012 4:45 PM CST
Cars entering the US pass a welcome sign at the border crossing between the US and Canada, in Blaine, Wash.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

(Newser) – Faced with demographic challenges, the GOP is clearly hoping that lightening up on immigration policy can save its neck. "Maybe it will, and maybe not. But it could save everyone else's," writes A. Barton Hinkle at Reason. Hinkle thinks we need to focus on bringing more people to the US, not fewer, because immigrants tend to be positive additions to the country. "Compared with native-born Americans, immigrants are more likely to start a business … more likely to work, and less likely to commit crime."

Immigrants make up 13% of the population, but 18% of small-business owners. A higher percentage of them work, too, often in jobs no one else wants. "Americans who resent having to compete with immigrants for jobs suffer from a double delusion," both because they assume immigrants only take jobs—they're also employers and consumers—and because it implies they have some claim to jobs they haven't been hired for. "The term for that is 'entitlement mentality.'" For the full column, click here.

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Dec 7, 2012 9:15 AM CST
Minimum Wage needs to be a thing of the Past , and a LIVING WAGE should be the Law of the Land !!! America today has the lowest Minimum Wage in the industrial world ( America $7.25 per hr. compared to $10.50 for the rest ) Americans just want what everyone else have " chance to make their lives better " but with the Unbridled Greed of the American Business & Wall Street along with the Corruption of Congress this American Dream is just that , a DREAM that will never become reality as long as the wealthy are running our country and not the people !!!!
Dec 7, 2012 6:47 AM CST
Better idea......Canada and all that empty space. Just pass out jackets to all the illegals.
Dec 7, 2012 5:30 AM CST
Is this guy for real? Here is another person that has NO CLUE to what is happening in America today. Government gives these illegals Millions to start a business. This one is in the same league as the lady who wants to move deer crossings so the deer will only cross where the signs are placed. No wonder America is in the trouble its in today.