The Public Interest

Second thoughts about immigration

Peter Skerry

Fall 1996

TWENTY years ago, Thomas Sowell was one of the first scholars to document and analyze how immigrant blacks outperformed their U.S.-born counterparts. It is no surprise, then, that his latest book, Migrations and Cultures: A World View,† identifies enormous economic benefits flowing to migrants, to the homelands receiving their remittances, and to the societies hosting them. Sowell writes: “The history of immigration in all its various forms is an important part of the history of the advancement of the human race.”

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