Immigration Redux

Quick update to my post yesterday on the economics of immigration–yesterday I argued that if the immigration debate were being driven by economic considerations, then current non-working US residents (aka retirees) would be all for immigration reform (cheaper goods, larger tax base for social security) and the people that would suffer from immigration reform (prior immigrants) would be against. From Gallup today:

Party Seen as Closer to Own Views on Immigration -- by Race and Ethnicity, and Age, June-July 2013

As you can see, every demographic group listed on the survey favors comprehensive immigration reform (the Democratic position) other than older whites, who, as a group, favor the Republican position by 7 points.

Clearly, something other than pure economic reasoning is the driving force behind support for the GOP position on immigration reform.

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