Media and political entrepreneurs have had a field day peddling gloomy tales about eroding U.S. living standards caused by cheap imports and by immigrants forcing Americans to take lower-paying jobs. Imports and immigrants have become so demonized that “Evil I’s” is now an apt label.

T. Norman Van Cott is a professor of economics at Ball State University.
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Other Independent Review articles by T. Norman Van Cott
Spring 2005 Tariffs, Immigration, and Economic Insulation: A New View of the U.S. Post-Civil War Era
Spring 2003 More on Voting
Spring 2002 Now More Than Ever, Your Vote Doesn’t Matter
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