Which Story Do You Want to Read?

“Mass immigration costs government $296 billion a year, depresses wages”

Washington Times (WT) September 22, 2016, or

“Immigrants Aren’t Taking Americans’ Jobs, New Study Finds”,

New York Times (NYT), September 22, 2016

Surprise!  Both headlines are about the findings of a new report released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, The study, according to the NYT, says that immigrants are not taking the jobs away from natives “…but with some caveats.”

The caveats include the fact that low wage immigrants (not distinguishing between legal and illegal immigrants) reduce wages and opportunities for low-wage native workers and for earlier immigrants. Another finding in the NYT account is that immigrants cost the federal and local governments more than they contribute in taxes [the reason for the WT headline]. But, to put a happy face on that news, the NYT coverage notes that the report offsets that negative finding with the finding that second and third generations – who are part of the native population – make a positive fiscal contribution.

The difference between these treatments of the identical report by two very different newspapers demonstrates – as the saying goes – beauty is in the eye of the beholder. 

About Author


Jack, who joined FAIR’s National Board of Advisors in 2017, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).


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    THINK ABOUT IT! The Illegal population in the United States is estimated at 11 million people. Some say it could be as high as 20 million Illegals in the United States. There are six states that have a population over 11 million. If we use the 20 million estimated Illegals, that reduces the number of states that have a higher population down to two, which is California and Texas. That is simply amazing! It’s time to make American Citizens First, let’s elect Donald Trump as our next United States President!

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    Do the math on those costs, three trillion dollars in only ten years. That the NY Times would attempt to put a positive spin on what is a clear showing that immigration is costing us a lot of money, and depressing wages, is not surprising. Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim owns 17% of the paper’s stock. But according to Hillary this is all xenophobia. Because we know she loves to get in front of all her liberal Hollywood buddies and they all snicker derisively about the rubes who just don’t understand she knows best.

    She’s also doing her very best to continue this president’s repeated pattern of always assuming the cop is wrong before all the facts are in, like having Michael Brown’s mother at the Democratic convention talking about her thug son. There was only one victim at Ferguson and it was the cop who had his life ruined, even though the Justice Dept. said the forensic evidence supported his account completely.

    According to her, you, white people, are the problem. Yesterday she said “we need to recognize our privilege”. Well, you can have differing opinions on affirmative action, but when a white kid gets denied the college spot he wants while minorities get in with much lower grades, where’s the “privilege”?

    There were two Muslims from a mosque in New York killed several weeks ago and naturally it was all Trump’s fault. But the story died a quick media death when an Hispanic man was charged and it was revealed there were tensions between Muslims and local Hispanics. Just remember the playbook of the left. Immediate outrage and then forget it when the facts reveal something else.