Yale College Republicans Host Immigration Event

Immigration EventOn Monday, November 18, the Yale College Republicans hosted a roundtable discussion on the economics of immigration policy along with MEChA at Yale. The discussion featured special guests Phillip Wolgin of the Center for American Progress and Matthew Denhart of the George W. Bush Institute.

Mr. Denhart presented his research about the way immigration serves as a driver of economic growth. Based upon the Bush Institute’s book The 4% Solution: Unleashing the Economic Growth America Needs, Denhart argued that achieving more substantial annual economic growth in America will require immigration reform. He brought along copies of the Bush Institute’s pamphlet Growth and Immigration: A Handbook of Vital Immigration and Economic Growth Statistics for the attendees.

Mr. Wolgin discussed the more policy-oriented side of immigration, pointing out the strengths and weaknesses of the immigration bill that passed the U.S. Senate this summer.

The attendees then participated in a lively round of questions, discussing details of immigration history, statistics, and specific policy proposals.

Michael Herbert ’16, a Yale College Republicans member who attended the event, said, “I really enjoyed attending the YCR’s immigration discussion this past Monday. It was great sitting down with experts and taking the politics out of the issue to see the real economic potential present in immigrants here to pursue the American Dream.”

Another YCR member Rich Lizardo ’15 said of Denhart’s talk, “It was great to hear such an insightful approach that balanced human dignity with common sense economics.”

Of this event, YCR President Austin Schaefer ’15 said, “I was especially pleased that we managed to dispel a lot of mistaken notions about Republican beliefs and policies. MEChA, a few weeks previous to the discussion, ran a Facebook picture campaign with people holding posters saying ‘I support immigration reform.’ What they didn’t seem to realize is that nobody doesn’t support immigration reform, and Republicans are not all wedded to policies of ‘attrition through enforcement.’ Rather, we too believe that the immigration system is in desperate need of overhaul, but prefer to emphasize the implications of immigration for the continued economic growth and prosperity of the United States.”

This is the first of a series of events, as the Yale College Republicans reache out to other activism and political groups here at Yale to cohost roundtable discussions on important policy issues. If your organization would like to cohost a discussion with YCR, please contact the president of Yale College Republicans, Austin Schaefer at james.schaefer@yale.edu.

Austin said, “I think the event was helpful in showing where our two groups have common ground. I hope that we can hold similar policy-focused events in the future with other Yale activist and political organizations.”

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