Every major news outlet is reporting that the Trump administration is actively suppressing the findings of a study it commissioned on the economic impact of refugees coming to and living in the United States.
It turns out that over the last 10 years, refugees have added $63 billion (with a b) to the United States economy. That’s a far cry from the “our people first, because asylum seekers are a drain on our resources!” trope that dominates so much conventional wisdom. Clearly the administration wanted a different outcome with this report, something that would instead confirm what many, many people have wrongly intuited for a very long time. But the numbers tell the truth: refugees help make a America great. They always have, and they always will.
Call it the Superman Effect.
I’ve been reading Brian Michael Bendis’ weekly Man of Steel series, which is meant to lay the groundwork for where he’ll take the Superman titles during his newly-begun tenure at DC Comics. Yesterday, I saw some tweets reminding everyone that Superman, that paragon of truth, justice, and the American way, is, himself, a refugee. He may as well also symbolize the outsized contributions refugees have always made to America, especially given the findings of this new report. In fact, he already does. The American way, if it’s anything, is the open embrace of people longing for a better, freer life.
Update: You can read the full report here.