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Immigrants Do Create Jobs

Immigrants Do Create Jobs

The letter from John A. Modzelewski '98 ["Bad Arguments Skew Good Column," May 2] criticizes a guest column [Kristen K. Nummerdor, "GOP Is Not Just Problem for Queers," April 28] because it is based on emotional rhetoric rather than reasoned argument and facts, a generally desirable goal in most circumstances. But, sadly, Modzelewski's letter is also full of emotional rhetoric, and seemed quite divisive and argumentative to me.

One case in point is his statement: "I was not aware, as were many others not aware, that the so-called logic' is that non-white immigrants are supposedly sapping our economy.' This entire statement is based on opinion and not on fact." This is not quite true, as numerous studies have shown that immigrants create more jobs than they consume; basically, immigration makes good economic sense for everyone. I can't say whether the author of the original column was aware of these studies, but they do contradict the common perception that immigration is harmful to the economic well-being of established residents.

Thus, this "opinion" - and it certainly is worded as an opinion - is fairly close to the facts. In contrast, Modzelewski's comments are not informed by fact, and their sarcastic tone does little to promote the ideal of reasoned argument that he claims to uphold.

Christopher P. Hanson '80