"Beyond the Dream and Promise Act: Why Democrats must turn the immigrant labor narrative upside down." In LSE US Centre Blog (read post)
The immigration debate in America has become divided between positions which highlight the threat of immigration to the economy and national security on one side and the other which emphasizes humanitarianism and human rights. With each side aligned with the Republican and Democratic parties, respectively, the left tends to avoid engaging with economic questions for fear of alienating low-skilled workers. But as Inés Valdez argues, employers and the state, not migrants, have the biggest role to play in setting wages and controlling labor demand, meaning that there is an opening for the left to advocate for immigration from an economic perspective.