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LETTER: We need immigrants now and in the future

Posted 8/31/22

There was a column by Stephen Chapman in the Aug. 27 issue of the Daily Sentinel that identified that the USA has been, and still is, the ultimate sanctuary country for the entire world. 

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LETTER: We need immigrants now and in the future

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There was a column by Stephen Chapman in the Aug. 27 issue of the Daily Sentinel that identified that the USA has been, and still is, the ultimate sanctuary country for the entire world.  Bravo to him for pointing this out in this era of antiimmigration sentimentality, and bravo to us for earning that status!

We need immigrants! In order for any country to maintain its population levels, the birth rate needs to be above about 2.1 children per adult woman. In the United States this present number is between about 1.5 and 1.8, depending on which research study is quoted. Without immigrants our population will decrease, resulting in fewer workers to operate our factories, provide vital services, support Social Security, etc. Our industrial output, and general productivity, will both decline, and the USA will become a second-class, lower rated country, instead of being the world leader that we now are.

Instead of spending on border walls, border police, etc., we should be spending on building immigration processing centers, and hiring and training processing personnel to willingly accept needy, responsible immigrants. We should open our borders and properly screen immigrants, to weed out the undeserving, the criminals, etc.  “Help Wanted” posters are everywhere. We have a serious worker shortage. Let’s do something positive to get the workers and citizens that we need now, and that we will need in the future due to our lowering birth rate.

— David N. Kobernuss, Taberg

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