By Samantha Marshall, Columbia Business School
Against the backdrop of President Trump’s border wall demands and the continuing media coverage of migrant families being separated and detained at the U.S. border, the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics hosted the KPMG Peat Marwick/Stanley R. Klion Forum featuring a panel discussion on the business case for addressing the global refugee and immigration crisis.
The event, considered one of the School’s premier speaker series, annually hosts distinguished business, academia, and policy leaders committed to resolving the major ethical, social, and economic challenges of our time — and this year’s topic was certainly relevant and timely. After hearing from the experts this year, one thing became clear: immigration is not only good for the economy, it’s vital for healthy growth. The factual misinformation and inaccurate statistics often quoted by politicians and repeated in the media — that there are hordes of immigrants coming in, committing crimes, and stealing American jobs etc. — are simply not supported by the actual numbers.