One Economist’s Positive View of Immigration Highlights Its Centrality to United States Culture and Commerce, says the Law Offices of Henry A. Posada

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The Los Angeles immigration attorney comments on a recent Morning Edition interview that too few realize that newcomers are a net plus to the US economy and culture.

Immigration and American history are deeply intertwined.

Immigrants are not just central to our nation’s history and culture, they are an important driver of our economy in ways that relatively few Americans understand.

An October 24 NPR Morning Edition interview with labor economist Ethan Lewis of Dartmouth College contrasts the economist’s analysis of research data with some questionable assumptions about immigrants that have gained in political currency in recent years -- specifically the notion that immigrants take jobs away from native-born Americans and are a drain on the economy. In the interview, Dr. Lewis explains to NPR’s Steve Inskeep that immigrants are a net plus to our economy through their ingenuity, openness to innovation and their willingness to work extremely hard. Los Angeles based immigration lawyer Henry A. Posada says that the interview points out the reality that immigrants are not just central to our nation’s history and culture, they are an important driver of our economy in ways that relatively few Americans understand.

Mr. Posada says that, on top of the inevitable challenges of moving to a new country, many immigrants to the United States are also faced with some very misguided and hurtful notions about who they are and why they have come to this country. Mr. Posada says that too few of us understand that, while most Americans work very hard, a typical immigrant’s day would exhaust a great many of us. Many immigrants hold down two or more jobs, paying taxes like everyone else while actually using fewer social services compared to native-born Americans, says Mr. Posada. He notes that a great many immigrants often work even longer hours to start new businesses in every field imaginable – from dry cleaner chains to entertainment, healthcare to high-tech start-ups.

Mr. Posada notes that the willingness to leave their home country to start in a new land reflects their determination. He adds that, aside from the countless individuals from abroad who have created new businesses that have lasted for generations, their cultural contribution to US culture is incalculable. The attorney says that the influence of immigrants on American science, technology, cuisine, and entertainment is so immense that we would scarcely recognize our nation today without them. He adds that many economists believe that the kinds of long-term restrictions on legal immigration that are being discussed in certain quarters would have severe economic consequences, draining much of the energy from the US economy. Restricting immigration would harm the US as much as it would harm would-be immigrants, Mr. Posada says.

Interested readers are invited to reach out to the Law Offices of Henry A. Posada at (562) 904-9080. They can also visit the law office’s website at http://www.hposadalaw.com.

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