It's an American societal sore-spot: fear that immigrants are streaming into our towns, cities, and countryside, undercutting our pay standards, and seizing jobs that non-immigrants would otherwise have wanted.
As a narrative, it is compelling. As evidence-based fact in the real-world, however, it's altogether a different matter. Washington Post economics policy correspondent Jim Tankersley tackles the narrative and some of the facts in this analysis. He writes:
The math in the modeling gets complicated here, but the end result, the researchers find, is that even lower-skilled native-born workers are better off with more trade and immigration.