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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

America Relies on Immigrants

Despite citizens' fears and beliefs, the United States relies fairly heavily on immigrants, both economically and socially.

Immigration is, as happens fairly routinely, an important topic in the national conversation these days. It’s generally well-accepted that the United States is “a nation of immigrants,” and yet there remains a stubborn skepticism about new immigrants. These concerns generally branch into two broad categories: economic concerns and social concerns. Economically, citizens seem to think that immigrants are “taking our jobs” or “a drain on the system.” Socially, citizens are of the belief that immigrants are “undermining American culture.” But are any of these concerns warranted? Join James Harrigan and Antony Davies as they discuss this and more on this week’s episode of Words and Numbers.

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  • James R. Harrigan is a Senior Editor at the American Institute for Economic Research. He is also co-host of the Words & Numbers podcast.

  • Dr. Antony Davies is an Associate professor of Economics at Duquesne University, and co-host of the podcast, Words & Numbers.