Voices: The immigration rule that violates our stated principles

By Patrick Adair

Excerpt

The justification for this policy change is that it will prevent immigrants from becoming a drain on government resources. This justification ignores the facts that the average stay of a family on social programs is 8-10 months and that immigrants provide a net economic gain over the long run.

This change is short-sighted, poorly justified, and, as Olivia Golden, an advocate for low-income people put it: “The proposal at its core says that work and family don’t matter; wealth and income are what matters.”

 

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