Twenty Iowa economists from seven colleges and universities signed a New American Economy letter to President Trump emphasizing the importance of immigration for economic development.

The economists joined nearly 1,500 colleagues in the field from around the country and members of presidential administrations going back to Reagan's.

"The undersigned economists represent a broad swath of political and economic views," the
letter reads. "Among us are Republicans and Democrats alike. Some of us favor free markets
while others have championed for a larger role for government in the economy. But on some
issues there is near universal agreement. One such issue concerns the broad economic benefit that immigrants to this country bring."

Other key points:

  • Immigration brings entrepreneurs who start new businesses that hire American workers.
  • Immigration attracts young workers who help offset retirements.
  • Immigration brings diverse skill sets.
  • Immigrants are far more likely to work in innovative fields that can lead to advances that improve people's lives.

The Iowa economists included:
Anne Villamil, University of Iowa
Arnold Cowan, Iowa State University
Brad Graham, Grinnell College
Brian Peterson, Central College
Brian Vander Naald, Drake University
Dennis Starleaf, Iowa State University (Emeritus)
GianCarlo Moschini, Iowa State University
Hans Isakson, University of Northern Iowa
Harvey Lapan, Iowa State University
Heath Henderson, Iowa State University
J. Peter Mattila, Iowa State University (Emeritus)
John Mutti, Grinnell College
John Solow, Grinnell College
Joydeep Bhattacharya, Iowa State University
Nathan Savin, emeritus, University of Iowa
Neil Harl, emeritus, Iowa State University
Nicholas Yannelis, University of Iowa
Paul Weller, emeritus, University of Iowa 
Peter Orazem, Iowa State University
Sergio Horacio Lence, Iowa State University
Ted Woodruff, St. Ambrose University
William Albrecht, University of Iowa
William Boal, Drake University