Category Archives: Current Events

Legal Immigration Into the United States (Part 22): Immigrants, Crime and Incarceration: Another Mostly Local Cost and a Causal Tangle.

There exists a widespread impression, deliberately fed by some conservative media and sometimes by President Trump himself, to the effect that illegal immigrants are especially prone to crime, and to violent crime. By extension, by illogical implication, immigrants in general … Continue reading

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Legal Immigration Into the United States (Part 21): The Net Contribution of Immigrants: An Attempt at Critical Quantification

Note: Here is Part 20. In his October 2006 article in Liberty, (“Immigration: Yes, No, and Maybe” by Richard Fields, Stephen Cox, and Bruce Ramsey), Cox tries to summarize the net cost that (then) current immigrants impose on American society by working out … Continue reading

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Legal Immigration Into the United States (Part 20): Bad and Worse Immigrants, and Fallacies

Note: Here is Part 19. A study by the Center for Immigration Studies indicates wide variations in immigrant families’ propensities to receive welfare, according to their country of origin. Unfortunately, the study was published in 2011. Based on the Center’s appearances on television, … Continue reading

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Legal Immigration Into the United States (Part 19): Other Locally Borne Social Costs of Immigration

Note: Here is Part 18 I have pointed out that schooling, though heavily affected by national immigration policies, is financed locally. Here is a roundup of other largely locally financed services:  various  social services for the poor, (“welfare,” “public assistance”), … Continue reading

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Legal Immigration Into the United States (Part 18): A Localized Cost: Schooling Expenditures

Note: Here is Part 17 As we saw, the first qualification to the thesis that immigration enhances economic growth is that it is simply a form of population growth. It does enhance growth, but this sounds almost trivial (except to … Continue reading

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Legal Immigration Into the United States (Part 16): Substituting Immigrant Labor for Native Workers: A Mental Experiment

Note: Here is Part 15 Although the area where I live is not representative of the US in general, it’s exemplary in important respects. What happens here often happens later, elsewhere in the country, in attenuated form. Santa Cruz, California … Continue reading

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Legal Immigration Into the United States (Part 15): The Indisputable, Obvious, Innate Superiority of Immigrants

Note: Here is Part 14 The costs immigrants impose on the host society are easier to assess than the benefits they bring it. The confusion of much American public opinion on the left also paradoxically interferes with this assessment. It … Continue reading

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