America’s Immigrants Could Be Source of Strength for the Economy

Special Publication
Monday, March 12, 2018

This is an excerpt from a guest column published March 12 in The Hill. It was written by Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert L. Bixby.

A major argument used by proponents of last year’s tax-cut legislation was that it would boost the economy. Regardless of how that turns out, partisans on both sides generally agreed that growing the economy over the long term was an important goal. It is, therefore, odd that the debate over immigration reform has been so devoid of economic analysis.

Given the demographic headwinds facing the economy, the case for providing at least some undocumented workers with a pathway to citizenship, and for increasing legal immigration in general, is far more compelling than the case for large deficit-financed tax cuts.