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Forum Post: The Value of Immigration

Posted 1 year ago on Sept. 22, 2012, 12:22 p.m. EST by Phanya2011 (908) from Tucson, AZ
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Being from the southwest, when I hear "immigration" I generally think about Mexican labor crossing the border to work here and send money home. However, in "That Used To Be Us," Friedman and Mandlebaum explain that immigration has always been a huge source of young, smart, capable workers who arrive here ready to become part of a young, smart capable workforce that pays taxes. This is important now more than ever because the U.S. birth rate does not replace the workers who are retiring fast enough, but there are millions of young people in other countries who are ready made entrepreneurs, inventors and technically proficient workers. We should embrace them and learn from them.

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[-] 0 points by Orwellwuzright (-84) from Lockeford, CA 1 year ago

There are enough people in this nation.

[-] 0 points by DebtNEUTRALITYpetition (631) 1 year ago

wow. The reason that the U.S. birthrate does not replace the working retiring fast enough is because americans are taxed so heavily they cannot afford to have a family.

But if someone arrives from elsewhere, they get all kinds of perks.

[-] 1 points by Phanya2011 (908) from Tucson, AZ 1 year ago

We as a nation quit replacing our population a long time ago. The book I referenced explains it much better than I can, and it is well worth reading for an understanding of how we got here, what went wrong, and how we can improve it. Essentially, we have declared war on education, immigration and infrastructure, as well as renewable energy. These four things are what we have always encouraged, to our great benefit...until now.

[-] 1 points by DebtNEUTRALITYpetition (631) 1 year ago

How does unending immigration work exactly? There are life long american citizens who have to wait longer for an organ donor than some illegal aliens wait.

Explain the logic in that, please.

[-] 1 points by Phanya2011 (908) from Tucson, AZ 1 year ago

The way it has always worked. If you read the book, you will understand a lot better than if I try to summarize all of the information in it.