The immigration debate is always controversial, but it looks like immigrants might be the best shot the United States has for being a force in the evolving global economy. Cynthia Tucker writes in her new column, “Prosperous American Future Depends On Influx Of Immigrants”:
Sometime last week, demographers estimate, a baby was born who brought the planet’s population to a staggering 7 billion. That’s worrisome, given the stresses on precious resources such as water. But the underlying trend that has created a crowded planet is not a baby boom in distant, impoverished countries. It’s a phenomenon you can see in your own neighborhood or church or civic club: People are living longer and healthier lives.