WaPo For The Win: Publishes An Article On Immigration's Role In Our "Roaring' Economy"

By Alan Hume | Wednesday, 28 February 2024 04:30 PM
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In a recent article, The Washington Post lauded the current state of the economy, attributing its vibrancy to immigration.

Concurrently, reports indicate that Americans are allocating a larger portion of their income to food than they have in the past three decades.

The article, titled "The economy is roaring. Immigration is a key reason," was published on Tuesday. In contrast, both Axios and the Wall Street Journal report that Americans are now spending a larger proportion of their income on food than at any point since 1991.

A study initially published by the Wall Street Journal revealed that the escalating inflation has made food affordability a significant issue for Americans. The cost of everyday food items such as eggs and vegetables has surged, with restaurant prices increasing by over 5% since January and grocery prices rising by 1.2%. A considerable number of American voters attribute these price hikes to the economic policies of President Joe Biden.

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Data from the U.S. Agriculture Department shows that in 1991, consumers spent 11.4% of their disposable personal income on food, a figure that has been matched in 2022.

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The Wall Street Journal sought to understand how readers are coping with the rising food prices and shared some of their experiences. Sarah Smith, a Las Vegas resident, shared that her family has shifted from cooking elaborate meals to simpler dishes like meatloaf and tuna casserole. "It's not healthy, but it's food," Smith said.

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Another reader, Bernard Brothman, a 67-year-old retired human-resources executive, has resorted to growing his own vegetables instead of purchasing them from the store. He also buys food in bulk when there are sales and has taught his grandchildren to do the same. Some have turned to hunting, while others have adopted extreme couponing practices to mitigate the impact of the rising food prices.

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The Washington Post article, authored by several journalists, took a different approach, attributing the robust U.S. job market to immigration. The article stated that immigration accounted for 50% of the labor market's growth between January 2023 and January 2024. This growth was described as "extraordinary," and the closure of the labor gap caused by the pandemic lockdowns was credited to the "foreign-born labor force."

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The Washington Post journalists attributed inflation to the economy's "snapback" demand and labor shortages. They argued that the influx of immigrants across the southern border filled these positions, strengthening the U.S. economy and benefiting both American and foreign-born workers.

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However, illegal immigration has surged under President Joe Biden's administration, leading to overcrowding in blue "sanctuary cities" such as New York. Mayor Eric Adams recently declared that the city is "out of room" for more immigrants.

The increase in crime in New York, attributed to the influx of immigrants, has been underscored by recent incidents involving NYPD officers being shot at and assaulted by illegal immigrants.

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