"By the end of 2012 there were 312 million Americans out of 7 billion people on the planet. By 2062--if we stay on the current policy track--there will be 500 million Americans out of 10 billion people on the planet, as compared to 340 million if we were to end net immigration now and if birthrates remained the same. In this sense, America in 2062 will--if we stay on our current policy track--be a nation that is 1/3 post-2012 immigrants.If this is going to be a day for tweeting about immigration, let's make one message loud and clear: preferential treatment for better educated immigrants from a certain part of the world today is no more acceptable than it was a hundred years ago when other groups of undesirables were given a disadvantage in immigration.
The thoughtful Adam Ozimek thinks that isn't enough.
He thinks the United States needs more high-skill immigrants. I think the United States needs more immigrants--more people willing to take risks and work hard to seek a better life for themselves and their children, and illiterates from Chiapas seem to me as good as doctors from Calcutta"
The idea that this is some sort of enlightened policy was not acceptable then, and it's not acceptable now.
Immigration isn't about fine tuning our workforce - it's about welcoming new Americans who want to better themselves and live with us.