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Prosperous American Future Depends On Influx Of Immigrants

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Prosperous American Future Depends On Influx Of Immigrants


WASHINGTON — 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.

As someone who hopes to live to an advanced old age, I can hardly denounce the trend. But we’ll face a slew of challenges — including inevitable economic decline — if there are not enough younger workers to fill the coffers for Social Security and Medicare, to feed and bathe and medicate nursing home patients, to build the elderly-equipped housing and drive the wheelchair-accessible vans we’ll need.

Cynthia Tucker Haynes

Cynthia Tucker Haynes, a veteran newspaper journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner, is a Visiting Professor of Journalism and Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Georgia. She is also a highly-regarded commentator on TV and radio news shows.

Haynes was editorial page editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper for 17 years, where she led the development of opinion policy. More recently, she was that newspaper’s Washington-based political columnist. She maintains a syndicated column through Universal Press Syndicate, which is published in dozens of newspapers around the country. Besides winning the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2007, Haynes has also received numerous other awards, including Journalist of the Year from the National Association of Black Journalists.

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  1. conrado November 8, 2011

    Everyone takes the time to complaint about immigrants, knowing that this great nation was built by immigrants. To this date I have never seen an American out in the vegetables and fruits fields. Now that the farm owners down South are paying the price due to this nation wide anti-immigrants Laws forcing these hard working class out of their state. What we need to establish is a guess worker program which will allows us to weed out the good from the bad, heck we already whom the bad ones are cause their finger prints are in our data banks. So instead of hurting our economy by deporting the very same people who are by the way paying their tax to uncle Sam and no receiving a dime back, feel welcome and no beat on and terrorized by the hate groups. These minute man crop are nothing bu a group of haters as awll as the people implementing these anti-immigrants laws.

    Conrado Pena, USAF, Tsgt. Ret.

  2. WAYNE8734 November 8, 2011

    Conrado,you must be living in a fairy tale world.yes the US was founded and was successful with the help of immigrates by they came here legally.they were anxious to become Americans,adopt our customs and learn our language.the illegals that are here today refuses to speak English,adopt our customs,obey our laws or try to contribute to the American system,they’re here for the free ride.last year illegals cost the US 338.6 billion dollars.in 2009 alone they sent back 48 million dollars to their native country,experts say it’s now double that.we have over 10 million Americans out of work and are competing with the illegals for jobs.the gov. said this past summer was the worst summer since the Depression for teenagers finding summer jobs because of illegals and unemployed adults taking these jobs.a study last year by CNN said you can pay a illegal $3.00 per hr.,they pay no taxes,get free hospitalization,free use of the ER(by law they can’t be refused treatment even for a cold),free education,subsidized housing,food stamps,wick,supplemental income assistance and most pay no auto insurance premium because they are uninsured.taking into account all the benefits illegals get that $3.00 per hr. is really worth $34.50 per hr.wonder how many unemployed Americans would love a deal like that?by the way,illegals are 21/2 more likely to commit a crime than a citizen,95% of the warrants for murder in LA are for illegals,75% of the people on LA’s most wanted list are illegals,35% of the prison inmates in LA are illegals and 60% of the occupants in HUD properties in LA are illegals.next time you have a bleeding heart for the illegals(criminals) look up the facts first.

  3. patricia November 8, 2011

    Illegal is defined as any act that violates the law. I do not want people here who came here by violating the law. My ancestors came here under quotas. I want all newcomers to come the same way. We support these people until they pay taxes!!! which some do not do for years – or ever!!

  4. Veronica Lack November 8, 2011

    The acess to cheap labor is a way for them to avoid creating jobs with a livable wage and increase their profits. They sometimes don’t even pay in the taxes they withhold from the illegal workers pay, knowing the workers cannot claim for a tax refund. Big Business preying on the impoverished. I was a farmer who did my own work and paid legal contractors for various work and still got by without cheating someone out of the wages for their work. That is what we need less GREED and more EMPATHY in America.

  5. tomd November 8, 2011

    And who pays for all of these new young immigrants when they start to age and want to cash in on their Social Security and Medical Benefits? Or do we not worry about that some other day? Eventually the house of cards will fall. Wouldn’t it be better to just reform the system now so that it is sustainable for future generations and stop looking for new and easy ways to defer the problem?

  6. dpaano November 8, 2011

    Cynthia: I totally get what you’re saying; however, the question is….once these illegals graduate from college with their in-state tuition-paid degrees, how do they get jobs? There’s a law about hiring an illegal, degree or no degree. Perhaps we should make it mandatory that once they are in college, they MUST seek citizenship and must be a citizen before the degree is given to them. This way, they will be able to get a job legally and pay taxes, etc. just like you and I.
    TomT: Your question is ridiculous….once the new immigrants graduate and start to age, they will get married and have children of their own to go to work and support them once they hit Social Security/Medicare age.

  7. “If you believe illegal immigrants are a bigger drain than they’re worth as taxpayers (and they do pay taxes), there’s a solution: Put them on a path to citizenship.” probably the best statement in many, many years.

  8. FN November 8, 2011

    The foreign students that come here are not educated better than American students. When studying in a group with foreign students, the American student usually has to lead the research and give the foreign student the sites to perform their share. This usually means that the foreign student cannot cover the material needed and their contributions have to be corrected for poor English and short poorly formed sentences. This takes place at universities where the professors assign the work groups. In other universities the foreign students for ethnic groups and do not receive the input of many cultures. The work ethics system in the United States is higher than most developing countries, which produces future employees that do not know that they are contributing to poor management situations.

    Working on assignemnts with large corporations with a large proportion foreign workers, one finds lack of internal controls, lack of matching costs with revenue, and lack of completing accounting operations that are needed to control costs. Foreign born managers set up inventory evaluation projects without regard to economic flow (cost) of repeated operations that could be consolidated.

    Having taught seven years in ten Chinese Universities, a lecture in English has sixty students with one-third not qualified to take the business course, one-third not reading the book before the lecture, and one-third that is qualified to take the course and reads the book before class. Teaching is a high school for three months revealed the students spend too much time with government presented memorization of a world that does not exist and the dislike of foreigners. When enteracts with foreigners in society, it is easily seen that they are maintaining the social customs that are contrary to those in the Unmited States.

    There is a way to include the minorities into the American education system. This will need the education of their parents in what their children need for a better life than they had. It also needs the parents participation in correcting anti-social habits and the correction of minority cultural English problems. This should include the use of poor English in communications on television and in cultural presentations. We must start somewhere or the present situation of minority member elected government officials selling their votes to large corporate lobbies will continue.


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