America Isn’t Filled To Capacity

Nov 21 2012 @ 8:31am

Adam Ozimek wants the US to admit more immigrants:

[W]hen you consider the size of our population, we are not the most immigrant friendly country in the world. Australia, Switzerland, Canada, and other wealthy countries do a far better job than we do by more appropriate measures. This also suggests that we are not doomed to become a poor country if we move to higher rates of immigration. Are immigrant populations like this untenable in the U.S.? The data does not suggest this is the case. Immigrants make up over 20% of the population in New York, California, and New Jersey. These states also happen to rank 3rd, 10th, and 16th by median income.

Dan Hopkins finds that "Democrats and Republicans alike prefer high-skilled immigrants with high-status professions":

In the corresponding paper, we show that it’s not just Democrats and Republicans who agree: it’s liberals and conservatives, those with and without higher education, the wealthy and the poor, those who report biases against other racial or ethnic groups and those who do not.  When it comes to the question of the types of immigrants to be admitted, there is a hidden American immigration consensus, one that crosses party lines.  From these results, it seems clear that Americans would be likely to support a more skill-based immigration system, such as the one employed at the federal level in Canada.