We're Losing on Immigration; We Need More
David Brooks says the economic case is impossible to refute
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 1, 2013 1:50 PM CST
Members of the DREAM Team LA, a Los Angeles immigrants rights group, watch a live C-Span video stream of President Barack Obama in LA, Jan. 29, 2013.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

(Newser) – In a world of difficult issues, immigration is a blessedly simple one, writes David Brooks of the New York Times. "The forlorn pundit doesn’t even have to make the humanitarian case that immigration reform would be a great victory for human dignity. The cold economic case by itself is so strong." Immigrants are 30% more likely to start a business than native-born Americans, and studies show that in most cases, their presence actually pushes overall American wages higher.

Indeed, immigration is so economically beneficial that "most nations are competing in the global talent race," Brooks points out. "The United States is losing this competition." For all our Ellis Island pride, we're lagging behind countries like Canada and Australia both in the number of immigrants we let in and how educated those immigrants are. If we can't pass reform on an issue this clear-cut, "then we really are a pathetic basket case of a nation." Read his full column here.

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Jan 19, 2016 3:08 PM CST
This article seems totally oblivious to reality. It's pretty bad when your opinion does not correlate to facts. America needs less immigration right now, because most are barely surviving. We need to teach our immigrants how they can come here legally. We need to learn how to care for our own Americans and legal immigrants first. Fix the mess.
Feb 13, 2013 6:26 PM CST
More like we are losing because of illegal immigration.
Feb 2, 2013 1:07 PM CST
We are not having kids fast enough to replace population. The population is aging and more and more seniors are relying on fewer working young people for benefits. Something has got to give. Either 1) old people need to start dying faster, 2) we start to have more kids, 3) we stop supporting seniors in their old age - including health care - which could tie into #1 Or, we allow more immigration. This is the demographic of where we are. The numbers don't care if we like them or not. I hope we are not evil enough to consider #1 or #3. #2 is a matter personal choice and it would wrong to force people to have more kids they don't want. That pretty much leaves immigration. Right now we are turning away talented, educated, law-abiding people every day. Working at university I see this all the time. Really smart kids finish school and then we send them back where they came from. They go elsewhere to start businesses, hire, make money, instead of here in the good old USA. We are throwing away the most valuable commodity in the world - human talent and potential. As a father of two kids, i know they need to be able to compete in the world based on hard work and talent, not because we create an artificially easy world for them to live in by keeping the rest of the world out.