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President Trump introduces the RAISE Act with Senators Cotton (R-AR) and Perdue (R-GA), August 2, 2017 (Zach Gibson - Pool/Getty Images)
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Immigration Anxieties, Then and Now

Walter Russell Mead

It should come as no surprise that the Trump administration has endorsed the Raise Act, a bill by Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue to reduce the number of legal immigrants to the U.S. while giving greater priority to highly skilled workers. Immigration reform drove President Trump to victory in 2016, and he is unlikely to drop it now.

Yet immigration has been—and remains—a key to America’s success. From colonial times, the country’s ability to integrate newcomers has facilitated its economic and technological achievement. From Alexander Hamilton to Albert Einstein to Steve Jobs, immigrants and their children have enhanced American dynamism, challenged American insularity, and played critical roles in developing American power.

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