President Trump would like us to believe that immigrants are a burden on our country, costing us billions of dollars a year to support and absorb, and harming us with drug smuggling and other crimes. But in fact, the jobs report released by the U.S. Labor Department Friday tells us a different story — and explains why America needs immigrants.
“Our country is FULL!” the president tweeted April 7, saying that “Mexico must apprehend all illegals and not let them make the long march up to the United States.”
President Trump even threatened to impose tariffs on Mexican products coming to the U.S. if that nation did not take steps to reduce the flow of unauthorized immigrants.
Yet despite the president’s focus on keeping immigrants out, what has been true throughout our nation’s history remains true today: immigrants are the key to America’s economic growth, success and prosperity. And immigrants are vital if we are to maintain continued American leadership in a broad range of businesses and innovation.
By Ali Noorani for RATIONAL MIDDLE
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