Economies

Immigration Economics

A Mexican immigrant worker harvests organic parsley at Grant Family Farms in Wellington, Colorado, on Oct. 11, 2011.  (John Moore/Getty Images)
A Mexican immigrant worker harvests organic parsley at Grant Family Farms in Wellington, Colorado, on Oct. 11, 2011. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Immigrants built America into a superpower, coming first from England, then from Germany, Ireland, France, Russia, and Eastern Europe. America had open borders. Virtually anyone arriving...




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