Immigration does more good than harm to economy, study finds


First broad look at topic in nearly 20 years sheds light on subject at forefront of presidential race

By Jeffrey Sparshott | The Wall Street Journal

Waves of immigrants coming into the U.S. in recent decades have helped the economy over the long haul and had little lasting impact on the wages or employment levels of native-born Americans, according to one of the most comprehensive studies yet on the topic.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report on immigration assesses the economic and fiscal impacts of immigration, offering a broad look at a phenomenon that has moved to the forefront of the presidential race, with both candidates debating the downsides and merits of immigration.

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