"We are a nation of laws. Undocumented workers broke our immigration laws, and I believe that they must be held accountable, especially those who may be dangerous. That’s why over the past six years deportations of criminals are up 80 percent, and that’s why we’re going to keep focusing on threats to our security."
President Obama said these words during a 2014 immigration address at the White House.
He bragged about his tough approach to illegal immigration, but the media neglected to call him racist or xenaphobic.
Many immigrants have been a tremendous blessing to this country and, when analyzed as a whole, immigration does lead to economic growth. However, when the immigrant population is broken down into demographics and analyzed, it becomes clear that not ALL immigration is good. People love to make the blanket statement “immigration is good for the economy,” but many economists are skeptical about whether raw growth in GDP translates into higher levels of GDP per capita. Some economic research has suggested that GDP per capita either remains unchanged or decreases due to immigration.The reality is that highly skilled and productive immigrants pick up the slack for low-skilled and non-productive immigrants.
Some immigrants are highly skilled and contribute more to the economy than they receive in government benefits. On the other hand, some immigrants lack all but the most basic skills and contribute far less to the economy and to the tax base than they consume in government services. As the percentage of low-skilled immigrants increases, the likelihood of lower GDP per capita levels increases. Not all immigrants contribute to the fiscal and economic health of America equally.
Assimilating immigrants into American society is expensive and it requires a great deal of resources. America’s national debt continues to soar. Frankly, America cannot afford to continue to support the current state of immigration policy. There is a high cost to cheap grace.