Magazine November 7, 2016, Issue

The Facts on Immigration

We Wanted Workers: Unraveling the Immigration Narrative, by George J. Borjas (Norton, 240 pp., $26.95

George Borjas’s new book doesn’t tell you what to think about immigration, but how to think about it.

Borjas, the nation’s leading immigration economist (and an NR contributor), is also the author of one of the top college textbooks on labor economics, now in its seventh edition. But We Wanted Workers requires no math you didn’t learn in the third grade.

This is a user’s guide to the policy debate over immigration, summarizing some of the basic things we know about its economic and other effects, explaining the caveats, and pointing out the assumptions hidden in footnotes that can radically change the

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