Sorry, Trump Supporters, but the U.S. Economy Needs More Immigrants

With a low birth rate, immigration is a sure way to get the economy growing in the decades ahead

by Rex Nutting
Market Watch

Donald Trump’s supporters have it all wrong about immigration: Immigrants make America’s economy stronger, not weaker. And we are going to need a lot more immigrants in coming decades if we want our economy to grow at a faster pace.

America’s economy badly needs the immigrants that Trump’s supporters want to exclude.

Trump himself distinguishes between legal immigration, which he supports (he should: he married two of them!), and illegal immigration, which he says is “killing us.” Trump has called for the forcible removal of 11 million undocumented immigrants, including 8 million workers.

But many of Trump’s supporters don’t accept the distinction between legal and illegal immigrants: They don’t like either kind.

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