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"Racial equality is a universal and central core value of unique importance to America’s post-Civil War identity, not an ideological agenda."

Myths and facts about immigration, from the ACLU.

MYTH: Immigrants are a drain on our social services.
FACT: By paying taxes and Social Security, immigrants contribute far more to government coffers than they use in social services.


In its landmark report published in 1997—arguably the most thorough national study to date of
immigration’s fiscal impacts—the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academy of
Sciences concluded that on average, immigrants generate public revenue that exceeds their public
costs over time—approximately $80,000 more in taxes than they receive in state, federal and
local benefits over their life times.1 This same conclusion was reached in 2007 by the Council of
Economic Advisers in their report to the Executive Office of the President where they state that
“the long-run impact of immigration on public budgets is likely to be positive,” and agree with
the NRC report’s view that “only a forward-looking projection of taxes and government spending
can offer an accurate picture of the long-run fiscal consequences…

A look at the Kerner Report, 50 years later.

According to a report issued by the Economic Policy Institute last Monday, and I’m quoting The Washington Post, “Fifty years after the historic Kerner Commission identified 'white racism' as the key cause of 'pervasive discrimination in employment, education and housing,' there has been no progress in how African Americans fare in comparison to whites when it comes to homeownership, unemployment and incarceration.”

Here is an article in The Marshall Project on the issue of police reform 50 years after the Kerner Report:
https://www.themarshallproject.org/2018/03/01/the-kerner-omission?ref=hp-2-111

A great read on an important issue: how immigration does not hurt U.S. workers.