An Aging U.S. is Revitalized by Immigrants

January 6, 2015. FPI’s Immigration Research Initiative David Dyssegaard Kallick was asked to contribute to the New York Times feature, Room for Debate. In the entry, he countered a report that was the focus of the discussion, arguing:

To say all of the net gain in employment since 2007 has gone to immigrants, as a recent backgrounder from the Center for Immigration Studies does, is a strained interpretation of the facts, not to mention an odd way to spin positive economic results as something vaguely dark and threatening.

Immigrants are part of America’s DNA. Rather than looking for scapegoats in an economy that is growing we should concentrate on improving opportunities for all Americans, both immigrants and U.S.-born.