Immigration is a contentious issue. A lot of the debate originates from three popular myths: 1) immigrants are a drag on the economy, 2) they steal our jobs, and 3) they depress wages in America. Watch this economics professor debunk those myths.
None of the three myths are true. Economists generally agree that immigrants are a positive net benefit to the economy. There’s also absolutely no evidence that immigrants steal our jobs. There is no net increase in unemployment as immigrants come in. Finally, there is not much evidence for wage depression. The reason for this is that immigrant labor is different than the domestic labor. Immigrants are either highly skilled or low skilled, whereas most U.S. labor is somewhere in the middle. That means immigrants and U.S. workers are largely not competing for the same jobs. In fact, immigrants largely complement the American workforce, instead of substituting for it.