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Economists, Not Politicians, Should Lead on Immigration Reform

Politicians have debated and promised the reduction of illegal immigration and stronger border policies for decades. Today, the government is finally open, having been closed for over three weeks over a border wall that has prompted presidential overreach. The arguments against immigration—that immigration reduces jobs for Americans, that they are dangerous, and that they abuse the welfare state—have stayed stagnant. It is puzzling to try and understand the existence of such disdain for immigrants, especially when the majority of those arguments against immigration are proven incorrect by economic and other scholarly studies. When immigration is mentioned, many Americans lose human compassion and focus on the economy or the effects on current citizens. It's important to put aside partisan politi