by Anonymous on Apr 14 2017

-- by Andrew Sourgel, US News & World Report

A group of nearly 1,500 economists and experts – including a half-dozen Nobel laureates and a cadre of high-ranking officials from previous presidential administrations – wrote to leaders of Congress and President Donald Trump on Wednesday reiterating the value of immigrants to the U.S. economy and pushing for lawmakers to "modernize" the country's immigration system.

The letter, coordinated by the right-leaning American Action Forum and New American Economy advocacy groups, featured a bipartisan smorgasbord of signatures, including economic advisers and officials who previously worked under former Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

"Some of us favor free markets while others have championed for a larger role for government in the economy," the letter reads. "But on some issues there is near universal agreement. One such issue concerns the broad economic benefit that immigrants to this country bring."

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