Kansas Progress Institute

Ad Astra Per Aspera ~ To the Stars Through Difficulties

Immigration Ban Causes Brain And Economic Drain

Posted on January 30, 2017

By David Burress

There are around a million foreign students in the US.  All of them bring money with them.  If they bring an average of even $10,000 each (which isn’t enough to pay their expenses) they would add at least $10B to US demand.  There would be additional Keynesian multiplier effects. So their impact is around .1% of GDP–not immense, but not to be sniffed at.  However the impact share is much larger in university towns like Lawrence, Kansas.

 

Foreign tourism in the US is a much bigger deal-around $150B per year, plus multiplier effects, or around 1% of GDP.

 

Around a third of US scientists and engineers are foreign-born.  Around a third of US Nobel prize winners are foreign-born.

 

Apart from 9/11, most US terrorists have been US citizens.
None of the 9/11 terrorists came from countries covered by Trump’s travel ban.

 

Morals:
1. Cutting off any major part of foreign travel to the US isn’t going to happen.
2. There will always be many perfectly legal opportunities for deep-cover terrorists to enter the US undetected.
3. Cutting travel at the margins to control terrorism is a flashy fool’s errand.

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