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More Immigration Means Higher Wages for All Workers

As diversity increases, both at the city and the workplace level, so does productivity.
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For a country of immigrants, the U.S. can really lack compassion in its discussion of immigration. The latest example of paranoia takes the form of Donald Trump’s ugly portrayal of new arrivals as criminals—a sorry attempt by the political entrant to comb one over on the voting public, and a slap in the face to the very people building his buildings. Toward the far more comfortable end of the sanity spectrum, there are legitimate fears of companies exploiting loopholes in the H-1B immigration program to displace native workers with cheaper labor.

But even people with very reasonable concerns over working-class American livelihoods should feel comforted by a recurring trend that appears wherever and whenever people study immigration: as metro areas become more diverse, everyone becomes a lot better off.