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Eduardo Porter

Economic Necessity Will Ultimately Force Immigration Reform

America’s need for more workers may ultimately be the only force capable of overcoming the toxic politics of immigration reform. But don’t hold your breath.

Workers are the key to growth.

Workers are the key to growth.

Photographer: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images North America

(The third of a three-part series on immigration. The first and second parts are, respectively, “Biden’s Venezuelan Migrant Deal Won’t Fix the Border” and “ Mexico’s Faustian Border Bargain with the US Will Unravel.”)

The midterms are over. Democrats survived the chaos at the southwestern border. Some pro-immigrant groups are daring to hope political space may open in the next Congress for bipartisan immigration reform.