Conservatives Must Reject the “Poor Are Parasites” Narrative

May 7, 2013. The Blog of the Competitive Enterprise Institute opines that conservatives who are stuck in the “47 percent” frame of mind are way off base on immigration. Reacting to a new report of the Heritage Foundation about immigrants and the cost of services, the piece notes:

Low-skilled immigrant workers allow Americans to engage in more productive endeavors. For example, the Fiscal Policy Institute found that immigrants operate 75 percent of New York City child care businesses. This allows American mothers to work and implies that these child care workers should get some credit for the tax revenues that those working mothers pay, but Heritage ignores this effect.

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