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    Hey, Bernie supporters: Mass immigration is driving income inequality

    By Ryan Girdusky | March 30, 2016



    Bernie Sanders supporters are triggered by the growing income inequality in the U.S. It’s a very real issue, but rather than blaming the wealthy for being successful, they should realize that importing over a million poor people a year is making the problem worse.

    Bringing millions of individuals over the last two decades negatively has affected the gap between the rich and poor. A study done by Ping Xu, James C. Garand, Ling Zhu, of the London School of Economics found the mass immigration has significantly increased income inequality.

    “Our findings that low-skill immigrants raise income inequality while high-skill immigrants lower income inequality for certain selective income pairings point to the importance of considering the values that undergird American immigration policy,” the study concluded. “One possible way to mitigate the effects of immigration on income inequality is to see changes in immigration policy that result in a change in the mix of immigrants admitted to the United States.”

    It’s no wonder that the influx of immigrants have depressed wages among the working poor, considering the U.S. foreign-born population is older, more uneducated, and less skilled than the native-born Americans.

    According to the Center for Immigration Studies, the U.S. imported 1.7 million legal and illegal immigrants in the last year, which brought the nation’s total immigrant population to a record high of 42.1 million. The Migration Policy Institute reported the average immigrant is 43 years old, and 30 percent do not have a high school diploma.

    The millions of Americans who are struggling with increased competition from foreign workers are about see things go from bad to worse.

    On Wednesday, Vox reported that President Obama’s economists fear 83 percent of jobs that pay less than $40,000 annually will be automated in the near future. This is also the case for 31 percent of employment that pays between $40,000 and $80,000 a year.

    The robotic revolution is at our doorstep — there’s no stopping it — the only question is what to do next.

    If Sanders supporters insist that the U.S. must continue to import millions of poor, uneducated people, then they’re going to exacerbate the income inequality crisis and the rich don’t have enough taxable money to redistribute to a post-robotic revolution poor population.

    Democratic-socialists in America must either take a more European national approach (low immigration with a strong social safety net), or live in a country with a permanent underclass that grows by the millions each decade.

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    EXACTLY!!!!!
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    The linked article http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/201...rse-in-the-us/ doesn't support the headline. I couldn't access the actual paper because it is behind a pay wall. The article says that immigration significantly increases income inequality not that it drives it. From the article "This figure shows that income inequality in the US over the past two decades is indeed marginally higher due to immigration. To be sure, the gap in income inequality with and without immigrants is modest, but there is at least a small upward shift when immigrants are included in the population used to calculate income inequality."

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    Link's authors - bio below......and opening line....

    The past thirty years have seen a dramatic rise in income inequality in the US. While many economists have pointed to the rise of low-skilled immigration as a contributor to income inequality in developed countries, there has been little evidence from the US. In new research, Ping Xu, James C. Garand, Ling Zhu, find that the low-skilled immigration in the US does increase income inequality due to the downward pressure it puts on wages, and immigrants’ lack of access to federal welfare benefits. They write that to reduce inequality, US immigration policy should shift towards admitting more high-skilled immigrants or incorporating existing immigrants into the social welfare system.
    This study doesn't start out thinking right......

    the authors.....
    Ping Xu – University of Rhode Island
    Ping Xu is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Rhode Island. Her research interests include political economy, inequality, globalization, the welfare state, and Chinese politics.
    James C. Garand-Louisiana State University
    James C. Garand is the Emogene Pliner Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Louisiana State University. He is former editor of American Politics Quarterly, former President of the Southern Political Science Association, and a 2006 recipient of the LSU Distinguished Research Master Award. His research interests are widely dispersed throughout the field of American politics.
    Ling ZhuUniversity of Houston
    Ling Zhu is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Houston. Her research interests include public management, health disparities, social equity in healthcare access, as well as implementation of public health policies at the state and local level.

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    They write that to reduce inequality, US immigration policy should shift towards admitting more high-skilled immigrants or incorporating existing immigrants into the social welfare system.
    No, the solution to income inequality is for Americans to take their country back and run an America First agenda which means Americans First, first in school, first in college, first to be hired, first to be promoted, first to make products, first to sell them. We didn't have these problems when immigration levels were low. All of these problems have soared because of massive immigration and free trade treason that puts the foreign interest first.

    That's treason against the United States and the American People by definition, it has to stop and stop now.
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