Crime and Welfare: Two Myths of Immigration

  • Published on:  9/5/2019
  • Two common myths in the United States about immigration are that more immigrants lead to more crime and more people on welfare. But a closer look reveals that these objections are misguided. In terms of crime, native-born Americans are far more likely to commit crimes than either legal or illegal immigrants. Moreover, federal government benefits are prohibited or delayed for illegal and legal immigrants.

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    Read “The Case for More Immigration” David Henderson, available here:
    Read John Cochrane’s chapter “Trade and Immigration” in Blueprint for America here:
    Read “Send Us Your Young, Your Educated” by Edward Lazear in the Wall Street Journal, available here:

    Read “How should we value immigrants, and how should that affect immigration reform?”
    by Edward Paul Lazear, available here:

    For more on immigration from John Cochrane, click here:

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