Does Trump’s immigration agenda harm democracy?

Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“In the real world, politicians rarely calmly assess evidence before offering solutions. If you know a politicians’ ideology, you can generally predict what he’s going to say about even the most complex issues. And immigration is an especially emotional issue. Even so, Trump’s statements about immigration are unusually intellectually lazy and irrational. Consider some of his main public reflections on the topic. a. He’s claimed there are 30-34 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. — roughly triple the number virtually any quant accepts. … b. ‘The Mexican Government is forcing their most unwanted people into the United States.’ Evidence for this strange conspiracy theory? None. … Trump’s low-quality thinking might be forgivable if his conclusion about immigration were, by coincidence, roughly accurate. But they’re not.” (10/16/17)