By Joshua Hoyt and Manuel Pastor
January 3, 2014
The Chicago Tribune
In this Chicago Tribune op-ed, CSII’s Manuel Pastor and the National Partnership for New Americans’ Joshua Hoyt hold American attitudes and policies on immigration up to the light. They pointed out how waning anti-immigrant sentiment signalled an opportunity to move forward with progressive policy.
“After all,” they write, “every large demographic shift in our nation’s history has provoked a brutal reaction that leaves lasting scars.”
Pastor and Hoyt proposed that to move forward, we should learn from the past instead of repeating it. In protest and policy, Americans have reacted in dangerous and damaging ways to Irish, Chinese, Jewish, Italian and Muslim immigrants over the last two centuries. For economic as well as equity reasons, the continuing influx of immigrants is a positive thing for all Americans: “most economists and demographers believe we need immigrants and their kids to be even more integrated into our social and economic system.”
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