The White House and the Senate have been talking about cutting the amount of refugees and legal immigrants into the United States by fifty percent. Many economists have since come out, saying that this would put a major dent in the U.S. economy.
In his campaign, Trump spoke adamantly about deporting the immigrants in the United States illegally— which already would create major economic problems. The additional scaling back of legal immigration is enough to lead to a “lengthy recession” according to economic models (Zandi). The low birthrates retirement of the older generation, is leaving the U.S with a shortage of labor, and a decrease in productivity— something that can only be remedied by immigrants.
The suggested cuts are likely to be a part of the RAISE act, which the Senate introduced in February. The RAISE act includes a major decrease in the amount of refugees taken in each year, as well as a stipulation making it difficult to immigrate unless one is the spouse or young child of a U.S citizen.
Our Verdict: While it is impossible to predict the actual economic impact that these reductions in immigration will have, it is of course also important to recognize the non-economic implications. Reducing legal immigration by fifty percent shows the protectionist stance that the U.S. is headed towards, closing a chapter of American history that has celebrated immigrants and their endless contributions to our culture.