Labor mobility

Republicans’ preoccupation with the border and rule abiding-ness has distracted them from the real problem: the rigidities of our current immigration laws.

Like capital mobility, labor mobility is critical to economic prosperity. In the case of capital, prohibiting cross-border investing results in missed investment opportunities and hinders startups from accessing much-needed capital that would be readily accessible if not for an arbitrary geopolitical boundary. Similarly, restricting immigration (labor) results in fewer opportunities for workers and inhibits businesses’ ability to hire talent and thus compete in an increasingly global marketplace.

— Emily Ekins “Immigration Reinvigorates the American Dream, Some Republicans Wrongly Focus on Immigration as a Border Issue” (via jdekstrand)