All those foreigners — the Chinese, Mexicans, Vietnamese and others, producing cheap good overseas for paltry wages — are to blame. They are taking the bread out of the mouths of white families in crumbling towns like Allentown, Flint or Cleveland. It’s what Mr. Trump would like you to believe, because somehow Robbie the Robot isn’t as good a villain.
I am not an economist and numbers do not speak as loudly to me as the events of my daily life. And that has been a treasure trove of immigrant contributions, making me thankful each day that I am lucky my father took the brave step of immigrating.