The Public Interest

How immigration harms minorities

Norman Matloff

Summer 1996

THE popular press tends to portray proposals to reduce yearly immigration quotas as pitting whites against nonwhites. Yet they are overlooking the fact that the downsides of immigration often fall more heavily and more directly on nonwhites, i.e., on blacks, Asians, and Latino Americans. As one Mexican American put it, when immigration’s negative impacts come, “We get hit first.”

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