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Max and Ruth Freedom Lecture: Unraveling the Immigration Story

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Lisa Saunders, Hendrik van den Berg and speaker Jennifer Hunt discuss the Unraveling the Immigration Narrative lecture Thursday evening in Goodell. Katherine Mayo.

Lisa Saunders, Hendrik van den Berg and speaker Jennifer Hunt discuss the Unraveling the Immigration Narrative lecture Thursday evening in Goodell. (Katherine Mayo/Daily Collegian)

Harvard University professor and labor economist George Borjas and Rutgers University professor and economist Jennifer Hunt gave a lecture on immigration Saturday in the Bernie Dallas room in Goodell Hall.

After a brief introduction, Borjas and Hunt each presented their perspectives on immigration to an audience of students and community members.

In Borjas’s portion of the lecture, he argued that immigration is not necessarily good for the United States’ economy. Borjas explained that some believe “immigration is like trade,” and it “simply allows production to be done domestically.”

“Calculating the impact of immigration requires taking into account that immigrants act in particular ways, because some actions are more beneficial than others,” he said.

He added that some actions “have repercussions and unintended consequences that can magnify or shrink the beneficial impact of immigration that comes from their contribution to widget production.”

After Borjas’s lecture, Hunt presented and argued an alternative side. Hunt argued that the United States “should increase immigration if economics is [the] primary consideration.”

Hunt explained that immigrants raise patenting per capital at double the native rate. Hunt went on to say that, “low-skill immigration raises [the] native high school graduation rate.”

She also said that although immigrants are a greater drain on the budget and are more costly than natives, “their children go on to be high earners and contribute more than other natives.” Hunt concluded by reiterating her opinion that the Unites States should increase migration and open its’ borders.

After the lecture, the audience wrote questions on note cards anonymously and passed them up front. The questions were read by an announcer, and Borjas and Hunt answered.

After the anonymous questions were read, appetizers were offered outside of the Bernie Dallas room for the audience.

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One Response to “Max and Ruth Freedom Lecture: Unraveling the Immigration Story”

  1. David Hunt 1990 on October 3rd, 2016 12:52 pm

    Economics, schmeconomics. Today the concern is the form of Islamic johad called hijra.

    To learn about hijra:

    So what’s happened in Europe thanks to Islamic hijra:
    ** Quote: “In March of 2016, a small Swedish town had ten sexual assaults in eight days, all perpetrated by Muslim men. One out of four women in Sweden will be raped and 77% of the rapes are done by Muslim men who make up 2% of the population! Gang rape is not uncommon nor is child rape. Norway and Sweden officials tell women not to go out at night alone…”
    ** Title: The Most Disturbing Video on the Islamic Invasion of Europe You’ll Ever See
    >> About 13 minutes. If you can watch this through to the end, and NOT be scared sh*tless, you have no survival instinct.

    They’re using our own generosity against us… remember, Mohammed was a refugee from Mecca and was welcomed in by Medina’s Jews. How’d that work out for them? And keep in mind – to a faithful Muslim, Mohammed is the PERFECT MAN that they need to emulate.

    Understand the history of Islam:
    ** Title: Bill Warner, PhD: Jihad vs Crusades
    ** Title: A Brief History of Islam – Brigitte Gabriel
    >> This woman has PERSONAL EXPERIENCE with what happens when Muslims flood into the country.
    Why We Are Afraid, A 1400 Year Secret, by Dr Bill Warner

    And about deception in Islam – remember, Mohammed said “War is deceit”.
    ** Title: Deception in Islam – What All Non-Muslims Should Know
    ** Title: Bill Warner, PhD: Sacred Deception — Taqiyya
    ** Title: Bill Warner, PhD: Deception in Political Islam

    And Islam today:
    ** Horrific. One of them, the FATHER DID THIS TO HER. THE FATHER. And the #1? Remember, the man did this to his own four-year old daughter.
    ** How Sharia-compliant Muslims handle gays. And related to this:
    ** Again – people (and especially gays) who are in favor of Islamic immigration have lost their survival instinct.

    But by all means, let us worry about economics.

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