Paul Krugman, the Anti-Immigrant?

John T. Bennett
In 2006, Paul Krugman wrote that "immigration reduces the wages of domestic workers" and poses a "political threat" to "the welfare state." Now he supports amnesty. What a difference an election makes. In 2006, liberal economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote that "we have to acknowledge" certain "uncomfortable facts about the economics of modern immigration, and immigration from Mexico in particular." He listed three such "uncomfortable facts." First, "the net benefits to the U.S. economy from immigration...are small." Second, "Because Mexican immigrants have much less education than the average U.S. worker, they increase the supply of less-skilled labor, driving down the wages of the worst-paid Americans." Third, "modern America is a welfare state" and "low-skill immigrants threaten to unravel that safety net." Crucially, Krugman stated that "low-skill immigrants don't pay enough taxes to cover the cost of the benefits they receive." Krugman warned in 2006,...(Read Full Post)