“One of the things that we found is if we increase immigration, legal immigration in particular, the entire population as a whole of the United States becomes younger, there are more working-age people who are contributing to economic growth, and also — given current trends in immigration — the population becomes more educated. And so we wind up with more productivity. We wind up with a larger tax base that helps tax burdens on ordinary Americans. And it also helps financing for these entitlement programs like Social Security. So increasing immigration can have a lot of positive impacts on the budget.”
Kimberly Burham, managing director of legislation and special projects for the Penn Wharton Business Model on the Knowledge@Wharton radio show.
9/6/19 - “The longer children are in detention the more their health deteriorates says DHHS. Medical professionals and children’s welfare advocates have warned of health risks from detaining migrant children and separating them from family members. Now, a government agency has delivered a comprehensive report on the issue.”
Lisa Desjardins talks to Ann Maxwell, assistant inspector general for evaluations and inspections at the Department of Health and Human Services, who helped write it.
8/22/19 - Analysis: New Trump rules stand to block the public from information about the treatment of detained migrant children. The administration plans to scrap the Flores settlement, meaning the long-term or indefinite detention of migrant children will carry on out of public view.”
By Barbara Bradley Hagerty.
8/9/19 - “’Where is Daddy?’: children ‘suffering’ in aftermath of mass Mississippi ICE raids. One of the children of those rounded up said she hoped President Donald Trump and immigration officials would think about families devastated by the raids.”
By Daniella Silva, Gabe Gutierrez, and Annie Rose Ramos.
“Castro is known as the Democratic presidential candidate with the most thought-out immigration platform. Frequently, the debates and the news media reduce his plan to a single bullet point - make illegal entry to the USA a civil, not a criminal, violation. Republicans often take this to mean ‘open borders.’ Castro’s stance on immigration is much more complex than that.”
This four-minute video from the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service shows what it feels like to be separated from your parents and placed in foster care