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Melvyn Krauss

The Pitfalls of Cutting Low-Skilled Immigration

Washington’s attempt to slash migrant workers in 1964 should serve as a warning to Trump and Republicans.
Market forces.

Market forces.

Photographer: John Moore/Getty Images

President Donald Trump has thrown his support to the Cotton-Perdue bill to restrict legal immigration of low-skilled workers into the U.S. by as much as 50 percent on the grounds it would raise the wages of American working families.

That’s not what the economic evidence is showing, however.