Selling Massive High Skill Immigration with GOP Talking Points

November 10, 2012

Let me try, very very quickly to put the case for high-skilled immigration into current GOP rhetoric: high-skilled immigration is importing more makers. If you see the country as approximately divided this way, and believe that the greater proportion of takers we have the worse things are, then you should embrace policies that increase the proportion of the country that is makers. High-skilled immigrants are makers under this dichotomy. They create jobs and start businesses, they pay more in taxes than they get back, they are highly employed, they have high IQs, their children generate positive spillovers in the local schools, into which they also pay property taxes.

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