It’s very rare that you see a politician, even a politician in a safely liberal city, tell the truth about immigration. But that’s exactly what Jim Kenney did at the Philadelphia restaurant summit, and he deserves our support:
But there he was at Tequilas, the popular Center City Mexican restaurant, going off on the injustice of treating immigrant workers harshly—“whether documented or undocumented, I really don’t care,” he told an audience of nonprofit reps, restaurant workers, owners and media. “After 9/11, everyone became a ‘terrorist’—including that Mexican guy on a bike going from his lawn care job to his restaurant job. He is no threat to me, whatsoever. He is no threat to this country, whatsoever.”
More immigration is good for the country – high skill and low skill. Immigrants do not take people’s jobs. The best evidence shows the jobs low-skill immigrants do complement existing jobs, and modestly raise the wages of native workers. What’s more, the people who come here are by definition not lazy. It takes a very ambitious person to move themselves and their family thousands of miles away to another country in search of greater opportunity. That is exactly the sort of person we want moving here.