Introduction: Is Immigration Good for America?

Author
Daniel Griswold
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
The Cato Journal
Volume
32
Issue Number
1
Publication Date
Winter 2012
Institution
The Cato Institute
Abstract
The question of whether immigration has been good for America has been on the minds of Americans since the beginning of our republic and continues in the pages of this issue of the Cato Journal. As the United States enters another presidential election year, President Obama has been calling on Congress to enact immigration reform while his administration has been deporting record numbers of unauthorized immigrants. Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidates have been competing with each other to adopt the toughest positions to enforce existing law, including the completion of a fence along the entire 2,000-mile border with Mexico. Outside of Washington, legislatures in Arizona, Georgia, Alabama, and other states have enacted laws designed to make life more difficult for undocumented immigrants.
Topic
Immigration
Political Geography
America, Washington, Georgia, Mexico, Alabama, Arizona