2008 May 26 Monday
Immigration: No Fix for an Aging Society

Steven Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies reports immigrant does not dramatically change the number of workers relative to the number of retirees. Therefore immigration does not help with the Social Security funding problem.

In the 2000 census the average immigrant was older (39) than the average native born (35).

Legal immigrants are almost twice as likely to receive the earned income tax credit (for lower income people) which basically refunds Social Security payments. Immigrants earn lower wages. Of course we could improve that financial picture by stopping immigration altogether.

If we do not change our immigration policies then immigration will increase the US population by 100 million people by 2060 over what it would otherwise be. Camarota says that is like adding 13 New York Cities. Why do this? It will drive up housing costs, food costs, land costs, crime, and other things we'd be better off to have less of.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2008 May 26 06:50 PM  Immigration Demographics

Kenelm Digby said at May 27, 2008 3:56 AM:

....and of course with oil at $135 a barrel (and likely to stay that way in perpetuity), just think of the enormous added burden the immigrants will put on to the US import bill as the all will consume at 'American' levels.

JSBolton said at May 28, 2008 7:46 PM:

This gives the lie to so many public statements about how mass immigration is indispensable to maintaining social security programs.
If cohorts of immigrants are older and poorer, they can do nothing of the sort, but must make it harder to afford such programs.
I mentioned this to some immigration enthusiasts, and the reply was that we can just adjust the age of immigrants henceforth.
That would be discrimination, though. If one is going to set requirements for age, language would seem to be even more important, as would expected income, credentials and much else ahead of age.

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