Marco Gutierrez, founder of Latinos for Trump, in describing the “dangers” of immigration, said the following (emphasis added):
“My culture is a very dominant culture. And it is imposing, and it is causing problems. If you don’t do something about it you are going to have taco trucks on every corner.”
While Mr. Gutierrez was trying to make a point about the supposed costs of immigration, he actually demonstrated what a boon immigration is to the host nation and how immigrants must act when in a market economy (even one as limited as ours). How does the Mexican culture “dominate” us? By serving us tacos. Or, to shorten it even more: To Serve Us. Immigrants are an increase in the labor supply in a country. Despite the slurs long hurled against them (and not just in the US. Go back to the Book of Exodus to see Egyptian anti-immigrant attitude against the Israelites), immigrants add to the productive nature of an economy, not detract from it; as Julian Simon once said, the greatest resource are humans. And immigrants are simply humans born on the opposite side of an invisible line.*
One final thought, if this is the “dominating culture” we need to worry about, I say bring it on. There simply aren’t enough taco trucks in many areas (especially in the DC region).
*The shrewd reader will notice this is the exact same logic as with capital goods (that is, imports). Generally speaking, increasing the capital stock in a nation increases the economic productivity, and imports are just capital that was created on the opposite side of an invisible line.