“Tough on Immigrants” Is Not Good Policy
Art Carden • Friday, July 16, 2010
This recent article on Tennessee Republican gubernatorial candidates’ battle to see who can be toughest on undocumented immigrants shows politics at its ugliest: there’s a clearly-defined set of enemies (immigrants!), a clearly-defined and unpopular set of scapegoats (employers!), and a clearly-defined and resonant morality tale (they took our jobs!). It’s a classic example of politicians tripping over themselves to manufacture a problem and then solve it. This is one issue where the evidence is overwhelming: immigrants, even unskilled immigrants, make us better off. Here’s Ben Powell with more.