On Wednesday, The New York Times’ (NYT) Glenn Thrush postured as scientifically-inclined in requesting “studies” from White House Senior Advisor Stephen Miller to confirm the nationally depressive effects on low-skilled wages wrought by the intake of low-skilled persons via both legal and illegal immigration.
Thrush presented himself as familiar with academic studies pertaining to the economic impacts wrought by the status quo of immigration — both lawful and unlawful — on low-skilled earnings.
Waxing professorial, Thrush requested “statistics” and “data” to corroborate the depressive impacts on low-skilled earnings.
Watch the exchange below.
Partial transcript below.
THRUSH: Two quick questions; first of all, let’s have some statistics. There’s been a lot of studies out there that don’t show a correlation between low-skilled immigration and the loss of jobs for native workers. Cite for me, if you could, one or two studies with specific numbers that prove the correlation between those two things, because your entire policy is based on that. …
MILLER: I think the most recent study I would point to is the study from George Borjas that he just did about the mariel boatlift, and he went back and reexamined the old data and talked about how it actually did reduce wages for workers who were living there at the time And Borjas, of course, has done an enormous amount of research on this, as has Peter Kirsanow on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, as has Steve Camerota at the Center for Immigration Studies, and so on. …
A recent study said that as much as $300 billion a year may be lost as a result of our current immigration system in terms of folks drawing more public benefits than they’re paying in.
Let’s also use common sense here, folks. At the end of the day, why do special interests want to bring in more low-skilled workers —
THRUSH: — I’m not asking for common sense, I’m asking for specific statistical data, and how many —
MILLER: — If I could just answer your question. Glenn, maybe we’ll make a carve out in the bill that says The New York Times can hire all the low-skilled less paid workers they want from other countries, and see how you feel then about low-wage substitution. This is a reality that’s happening in our country. Maybe it’s time we had compassion, Glenn, for American workers —
THRUSH: — I’m asking for a statistic.
Thrush presents himself as a politically objective and non-partisan news media figure. The NYT similarly presents as a politically objective and non-partisan news media outlet.
In February, The NYT adopted a new slogan as a response to the election of Donald Trump to the presidency: “The truth is more important now than ever.”
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