Friday, June 05, 2015

We need a better immigration policy

Source: The Economist
Americans are living longer, which I think is a good thing. There will be more elderly retired people, and many will have chronic conditions that keep them from working; some will need to retire to care for a loved one; some will be simply too old to work; some will simply want to take time away from work at the end of a long working career to do something else.

If the economy is to stay strong, then we need a lot of people to join the workforce to keep the dependency ratio favorable. Some of the new workers will be children born in America who grow up and go to work; it is important that these kids (white, black, brown or yellow; Anglo or Hispanic or whatever) be healthy and educated to fully participate in the jobs of the future.

As it stands, there probably will not be enough young American citizens to continue economic growth. Giving citizenship to undocumented people who are already here would help build the workforce, especially the kids, and especially if those kids too are healthy and well educated.

We will also need a better immigration policy. There are a lot of people who would love to come to the United States, join our workforce and contribute to our economy. Building walls along the border won't build the workforce needed in future decades. A well designed immigration policy would help achieve that purpose!

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