Send Them Back? Not So Fast. On the Benefits of Labor Migration

Two leading academics agree that there is a big immigration problem: Politicians see migrants as a drain on the economy rather than a potential gain. Professors Douglas Massey and Moshe Semyonov outline how to address a worldwide crisis.

We’re all familiar with the stereotype: A Mexican, Sudanese or some other migrant steals across the border in the dead of night. He comes from a poor and backward country, in the hope of finding work and a better life. He does not speak the language of his new home, but manages to make his way to a major city, where he joins his fellow migrants. Together they take people’s jobs, raise the crime rate, rape women,...