Fixing immigration starts with this easy step
Given the anti-immigrant rhetoric dominating public dialogue, you might be forgiven for not knowing that the majority of immigrants to the United States are here legally , or that about 1 in 7 U.S. residents are immigrants — a percentage three times as high as in 1970. As things stand, 1 in 5 adults see immigration as “the most important problem facing the nation.”
It is not clear why, in itself, more immigration should be seen as a problem. For all the hysteria over MS-13, immigrants commit fewer crimes than native-born Americans. A quarter of new businesses are started by immigrants, and immigrant children grasp educational opportunities firmly. Among children born in Los Angeles to poorly educated Chinese immigrants, for example, 70 percent complete a four-year college degree. And while fewer Americans are moving around the country, immigrants are on the move, relocating from traditional immigrant cities — New York, Los Angeles — to other towns and cities in search of a better future.