So I was at this talk this morning at Georgetown on high-skill immigration, hoping to get some insights for the NBER chapter that I am now finally drafting.
I didn't entirely agree with the speaker, but it was good - I took more issue with his policy conclusions than his actual findings.
Anyway, I made a pretty standard argument about how it's much harder to claim that immigration hurts American workers than he asserted. After the talk, a guy from the Economic Policy Institute came up to me and accused me of wanting to "immiserate the country"! That threw me off guard a little (since, of course, I have no interest at all in immiserating the country), so I didn't respond as well as I would have liked to. I plan on sending him a more coherent email.
Anyway - it was reassuring. When I get attacked from the right and the left I feel more reassured that ideological imperatives aren't driving what I'm saying (although surely they play a role for all of us).
They should have a video of the talk - I'll post it when it comes up.