Immigration was not a major theme of the recent Republican convention, but there was one sentence that caught my attention. In his speech on the first day of the event, Donald Trump Jr. said, “If Democrats really wanted to help minorities and underserved communities . . . they’d limit immigration to protect American workers.”
He included other things in that list, such as school choice and supporting police. But the unadorned call for reducing immigration was notable — not illegal immigration, not low-skilled immigration, not criminal immigration, just immigration. And not ameliorating its consequences or fixing the problems of a “broken” system — just reducing the level.
Whether or not Don Jr. meant to do so, that one sentence pointed to an approach that’s more effective — and less inflammatory — than many of the policies pursued by Republicans. Too often, those skeptical of today’s immigration policies expend inordinate energy on the symptoms of excessive immigration rather than addressing the actual problem: too much immigration. . . .