Shikha Dalmia on Misguided Conservative Approaches to Immigration


In a commentary in The Wall Street Journal last week, Jeb Bush and Clint Bolick debunked virtually every immigration myth on the right except for one. Bush and Bolick maintained that since the 1960s, thanks to American emphasis on family reunification, the driver of immigration to the U.S. has been "chain migration," which purportedly allows immigrants to bring in their extended families until entire villages are emptied out.  

But as Shikha Dalmia explains, "chain migration" is a myth cooked up by ultra-restrictionist organizations that foster misunderstanding about how U.S. laws work and undermine more-welcoming policies.