Populists see every new immigrant as a competitor for scarce jobs. Liberals see him as a potential vote. Conservatives see him as another mouth to feed. Libertarians see him as another mind and another pair of hands.
In reality, immigrants are all of those things and more. But each of us sees the elephant of immigration, legal and otherwise, through our own filters – the products of our individual experiences. The country needs all the minds and hands it can get. How do we deal with immigration to maximize that which we need?