Jay Cost on immigration:
There is an unprecedented concentration of governing authority in the federal government over the last 80 or so years. It used to be that many decisions affecting our lives were left up to state and local governments, or to individuals. But since the New Deal, power has migrated to Washington, D.C. What this means is that increases in immigrant populations that occur far from one’s home could in theory have real effects on how one is governed in all manner of ways. This is especially important, given the tendency of the two parties to run roughly 50/50 to each other in the post-war era. It does not take a lot to shift the balance of power one way or another.
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