Economist: Poor Immigrants Prove Economic Mobility
Economist Tyler Cowen says that the fact that so many poor immigrants have bettered their economic condition by moving to the U.S. means we shouldn’t worry about income inequality.
“Emphasizing mobility also suggests a less bleak perspective on the recent course of American history. While it’s sadly true that productivity and income growth have lagged since the 1970s, to the extent that we’re concerned primarily with relative progress through the income ranks, the best research suggests that income mobility in America has been flat for at least 20 years. Upward mobility hasn’t increased, but at least it hasn’t declined.
“Furthermore, actual mobility has been much more robust than the numbers indicate. The statistics do not count the gains of people who have come from another country for a new and higher salary in the United States. The percentage of foreign-born Americans has been rising for decades and that suggests significant unmeasured mobility gains.”
Cities, Counties Ask Appeals Court To Let Obama Immigration Programs Move Forward
“Leaders from more than 70 cities and counties, some going against their states, joined a legal brief filed Monday asking an appeals court to allow President Barack Obama’s deportation relief policies to move forward,” the Huffington Post writes.
“‘Continuing to delay implementation of the president’s executive action on immigration hurts our economy and puts families at risk,’ New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), who spearheaded the effort with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) as part of Cities United for Immigration Action, said in a statement.”
State Department Now Flying Children to U.S. from Central America
“A new State Department and Department of Homeland Security Program will fly immigrant children from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador to their parents in the U.S. for free. Parents can apply to have their children picked up and flown over the border to them on the taxpayer’s dime, as long as they have some kind of legal immigration status, The Daily Caller reported Wednesday. The program was created in response to a surge of unaccompanied Central American children making the perilous trek to illegally cross the U.S. border that began last summer,” the Washington Times reports.
Members of Congress Warn DHS Against Releasing TB Infected Detainee
“On Friday, Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar, along with Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) and Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ), sent a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and ICE Deputy Assistant Secretary Saldaña warning them not to release an illegal immigrant with drug-resistant tuberculosis into the general public,” Breitbart News reports.
ACLU Sues DHS to Compel Abortion Funding
“The American Civil Liberties Union will seek a federal court order compelling the U.S. government to release documents related to federal contracts with religious relief agencies that assist illegal immigrants,” the Daily Caller says.
“Does the ACLU want to clamp down on the massive border surge of the Obama era to prevent such intolerable human rights violations? No. Of course not. Don’t be ridiculous. Instead, the ACLU wants to force religious organizations to pay for abortions for illegal immigrants who have been raped and become pregnant.”
Denver Schools Hiring Illegal Aliens Given Amnesty by Obama
“Like many sojourners to this country, Alejandro Fuentes Mena lives with uncertainty as U.S. immigration policy is debated in the courts, Congress and the White House. But as he awaits a final ruling on his own future, he’s helping other young people build their dreams,” the New York Times reports.
“Fuentes, who settled in the United States illegally as a child, is a Denver elementary school teacher under a pilot program that recruits young immigrants like him to teach disadvantaged students. Teach for America, a national nonprofit running the program, believes people like Fuentes can be role models for students.”
Four Charts About the H-1B Visa Program
“Applications for specialty worker visas opened Wednesday, kicking off a high-stakes race for foreigners hoping to enter or temporarily stay in the U.S.” Bloomberg News reported.
“The U.S. allots 85,000 new H-1B visas per year, mostly to workers in technology, engineering, science and research. Demand far exceeds the cap: last year, employers filed 172,500 petitions during the application window, which was closed after one week. The available visas were allocated through a random lottery, meaning many people were turned down.”