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Romney’s claim that Obama did ‘nothing on immigration’ until now

Romney’s claim that Obama did ‘nothing on immigration’ until now | Protecting our environment | Scoop.it

GOP candidate Mitt Romney claims President Obama “did nothing on immigration” before Friday’s executive order. We examine the president’s record.

By Glenn Kessler, The Fact Checker, Washington Post 

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Check Out This Fracking Video Or You're Going To Get Hulk-Smashed!

Check Out This Fracking Video Or You're Going To Get Hulk-Smashed! | Protecting our environment | Scoop.it
Mark Ruffalo explains why you shouldn't be able to light your tap water on fire, even if it makes you feel like a superhero.
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America Needs Much Bigger, Bolder Immigration Reform—for Low-Skilled Workers, Not Just Supergeniuses—To Boost the Economy

America Needs Much Bigger, Bolder Immigration Reform—for Low-Skilled Workers, Not Just Supergeniuses—To Boost the Economy | Protecting our environment | Scoop.it

Last week, the Obama administration reignited the immigration debate with a modest effort to accomplish some of the goals of the DREAM legislation that’s languished in Congress for over a year.

By Matthew Yglesias, Slate, Posted Wed., June 20, 2012

Last week, the Obama administration reignited the immigration debate with a modest effort to accomplish some of the goals of the DREAM legislation that’s languished in Congress for over a year. But while the administration’s decision to suspend deportations of certain young illegal immigrants is a huge deal for the people directly impacted, his order affects a very small number of people. It is more a political gesture than a game-changing economic policy, which is too bad, because broader immigration reform—aimed explicitly at allowing more people to come here voluntarily and work, rather than at “securing the border”—remains one of the best things we can do to bolster economic growth in both the short and long terms.

Among those who recognize this, it’s become fashionable to focus on the narrow case for immigration of high-skilled workers. Adam Ozimek and Noah Smith recently wroteawonkypieceonthistheme for the Atlantic, and Tim Fernholz deliveredamorewhimsicaltakeforReuters. But while the case for high-skilled immigrants is strong, and the desire to take the focus off the culturally freighted topic of migration from Latin America politically understandable, an excessive focus on the idea of importing supergeniuses and talented engineers tends to obscure the fact that essentially any able-bodied, hard-working migrant is good for the American economy.

It’s not just the doctors and the Google co-founders. Those who mop floors and cook tacos also serve.

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That’s because different “factors of production”—including unskilled labor—are largely complementary. This can be most clearly seen in agriculture. Some land in America is farmed, most is not. Much of the land is only profitable to cultivate at a wage level that few American workers find appealing. When we cut off the flow of migrant farm workers, that doesn’t magically create high-paying jobs for Americans; it leadsintheshort termtocropsrottinginthefields and in the long term to less land being cultivated.

 

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