Ruhle Advocates for Immigration As Economic Booster Amid Border Crisis Debate

Stephanie Ruhle of MSNBC’s 11th Hour stirred debate on Wednesday by asserting that illegal immigration can positively impact the U.S. economy. Addressing the contentious topic, Ruhle challenged the notion of an “open” border and highlighted the potential economic benefits of immigration.

During the segment, Ruhle played clips of Republican politicians criticizing the border situation and responded by denying the border is open. She referenced a Congressional Budget Office report that predicts economic growth, increased federal revenues, and reduced deficits from higher immigration levels. Ruhle suggested that Republicans would traditionally support such economic advantages.

Ruhle invited Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, dean of the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas, to discuss whether the Biden campaign should emphasize immigration’s economic benefits. Soto concurred, citing numerous reports validating immigration’s positive impact on the economy. She argued that without immigrants, the economy would not be stabilizing as it is now.

Soto also addressed the declining U.S. fertility rate, noting that immigration is essential to maintaining population growth and economic health. She advocated for a more positive perspective on immigrants, emphasizing their role in revitalizing the economy.

Ruhle then consulted Tim Miller, former communications director for Jeb Bush (R-FL), about the potential for Democrats to reshape the immigration narrative. Miller advised Democrats to promote a balanced approach to immigration and criticized the Republican stance. He depicted President Joe Biden as a rational leader who supports both border security and humane treatment for immigrants.

Miller expressed disappointment with the Republican Party’s current position on immigration, recalling a time when Republicans recognized the economic benefits of immigration. He argued that legal immigration and relaxed border restrictions would enhance the economy.

Ruhle closed the segment by reinforcing her belief in the economic advantages of immigration, aligning with her guests’ perspectives. Despite previous concerns about inflation, she affirmed a positive overall economic outlook.