Which Party Really Benefits From More Immigrants?

2/1/2016 - Professor of Economics Giovanni Peri in The Wall Street Journal.

Here are two claims you’ve probably heard recently about the effects of immigration in the U.S.:

  1. Democrats are using immigration to increase their vote share, because immigrants are more likely to vote for Democrats.
  2. Republicans are using immigration to increase their vote share, because dislike of immigration makes people more likely to vote for Republicans.
“Noncitizen/undocumented immigrants are both the enemy and the raison d’être of some politicians,” wrote Anna Maria Mayda of Georgetown University, Giovanni Peri at the University of California, Davis,  and Walter Steingress at the Bank of France. Their research was published this week as a working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research.


Read the full story in The Wall Street Journal.