The Public Interest

The case for greatly increased immigration

Julian L. Simon

Winter 1991

BY INCREASING somewhat the flow of immigrants—from about 600,000 to about 750,000 admissions per year—the immigration legislation passed by Congress late in 1990 will improve the standard of living of native born Americans. The bill represents a sea change in public attitude toward immigration; it demonstrates that substantially increasing immigration is politically possible now. That’s all good news, and we should celebrate it.

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