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Refugees and the Limits of Economic Logic

Taking in people who have no safe home isn't about GDP growth; it's about basic decency.
Source: Patrick Fallon / Reuters

The Trump administration’s executive order banning refugees and immigrants from several Muslim-majority countries has inspired passionate arguments about the value of immigrants to the United States. Following the order, I saw many people tweeting images of Steve Jobs to remind others that he was the son of a Syrian immigrant. On Facebook, I saw others sharing the statistic that immigrants founded half of America’s billion-dollar startups and had received more than three-quarters of

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