How Immigrants Can Help the 'Transition to a Great Economy' After COVID-19   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "The impact of the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic in the US has been pervasive and extreme. It has caused a death toll higher than 100,000 (as of May 27, 2020) and it has ushered an economic contraction with the unemployment rate at 15% nationally (as of April 2020) and a decline of US Gross Domestic Product by 4.8% just in the first quarter of 2020. Families have been left struggling and in economic hardships. [...] Besides these material changes, the pandemic has also brought insidious changes in people's attitudes. The fear of a virus originated from abroad, namely from China, has increased hostility towards Chinese, Chinese-Americans, and immigrants in general. [...] The most recent executive order is in line with several actions of the current administration aimed at reducing, slowing and making harder legal immigration, while at the same time doubling down on enforcement and deporting undocumented immigrants. [...] What is most discouraging of these policies is that the President regularly claims their rationale to be a benefit for US workers and for the US economy. [...] I will argue that such a vision is based on an erroneous understanding of the working of the US economy. In place of closing, America, I will propose how and why more open immigration policies should be an essential part of the economic recover during the reopening."

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