TTU professor one of 1,500 economists sending President Trump im

TTU professor one of 1,500 economists sending President Trump immigration reform letter

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Social scientists from all political backgrounds write to congressional leaders urging economic reform.

1,470 economists in near universal agreement that immigrants actually benefit the American economy.

Benjamin Powell, Director of TTU Free Market Institute, signed that letter and he believes politicians would be wise to craft policy according to social sciences.

In the letter, researchers say current policy doesn't appreciate the economic benefits that immigrants provide and instead focuses on their costs. 

"The way immigrants make the native born population wealthier is providing goods and services to us. When they come in here and perform jobs that American labor wasn't performing, freeing up American labor to do things they're better suited to do."

Powell said the president's policies have been at odds with the social scientists that study immigration.

"One thing they do is deport large numbers of people who are a net economic benefit to the Americans who live here already. This is happening under Trump, and was happening under Obama. Obama deported more people than any other prior U.S. president."

Instead of blanket immigration restrictions and putting up walls, Powell said economists want opportunities for immigrants.

"Part of this is going to be addressing the current illegal population in the United States there and providing a path forward to legality, where they can work in above ground markets even more and provide greater benefits."

Powell denounced the argument that immigrants steal jobs from Americans.

"They might displace a particular American worker, but other jobs are created in response to demands from immigrants that they have in the economy as well."

He and the nearly 1,500 other economists hope this letter makes an impact on the administration.

"By coming together and writing this, it would draw more attention from the general public and politicians alike, to actually look at the arguments that economists have made and hopefully pay more attention to social science and less to just partisan politics."

Now while some economists do argue that immigration shows small "drains," the large amount of social scientists believe fiscal policy reform will make overall net gains bigger.

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