Paging Lou Dobbs
Former Commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, Doris Meissner, has an interesting piece in the Washington Post entitled the “5 Myths of Immigration.” Very useful for the next time you attempt conversation with a xenophobe. Just take Myth #1 for example:
1. Immigrants take jobs from American workers.
Although immigrants account for 12.5 percent of the U.S. population, they make up about 15 percent of the workforce. They are overrepresented among workers largely because the rest of our population is aging: Immigrants and their children have accounted for 58 percent of U.S. population growth since 1980. This probably won’t change anytime soon. Low U.S. fertility rates and the upcoming retirement of the baby boomers mean that immigration is likely to be the only source of growth in what we call the “prime age” workforce — workers ages 25 to 55 — in the decades ahead. As record numbers of retirees begin drawing Social Security checks, younger immigrant workers will be paying taxes, somewhat easing the financial pressures on the system.
Of course, they still carry leprosy.