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Economists, in letter to Trump, say immigration can boost growth, jobs, wages

Economists, in letter to Trump, say immigration can boost growth, jobs, wages

Nearly 1,500 economists of varied political persuasions signed an open letter to President Donald Trump and congressional leaders asserting the economic benefits of immigration.

The letter, publicized Wednesday and signed by a number of Chicago economists, is meant to demonstrate broad consensus that a smart immigration system can boost growth, jobs and wages in hopes legislators take that into account when crafting policy.

"Immigration is often not thought of as a piece of economics, but it's actually a very powerful potential tool," said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the center-right think tank American Action Forum.

Holtz-Eakin, former director of the...

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