Don't Worry About Immigrants' Ability to Succeed

Dire predictions have accompanied every influx of newcomers—including the Jews—in American history. And yet these are the very people who have helped build the country.

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March 18 2019
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Linda Chavez is a senior fellow at the Niskanen Center and the director of the Becoming American Initiative.


Nicholas M. Gallagher’s thoughtful essay on immigration raises important questions often overlooked in the current debate. He notes, rightly, that the headlines about Central Americans crossing our southern border should be understood in the context of previous ethnic migrations over the last 150 years. He’s also right in arguing that the distinction between migrants and refugees, a relatively recent concept that has now become rooted in law, isn’t a particularly useful way to distinguish among the various people who wish to come to America.

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