President Donald Trump loves to vilify immigrants while also claiming that he is going to grow the economy “tremendously,” but policies like the wholesale deportation of immigrants living here illegally and his paused travel ban are destined to doom our economy.
Recent growth in the U.S. economy is in the service sector such as retail, hospitality, home care and health care. These are all industries in which many jobs are filled by undocumented immigrants as are positions in agriculture and construction. The latter two industries are critical to our food production and to the success of any effort to rebuild our national infrastructure. The former won’t be so great for Trump hotels either.
But Trump’s policies also impact highly skilled fields such as the sciences, medicine and academia. Many of our rural physicians are foreign-born and attempts to bar their entry into the U.S. will negatively affect access to care, especially for Americans living in small towns and cities. Likewise, universities balance their budgets with tuition from foreign students and benefit from the diversity of experience brought to campuses by faculty from other countries. In short, these anti-immigrant policies are shortsighted, mean-spirited and ultimately disastrous for the U.S. economy.
— Wendy Siegel, Chicago
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