Chapter 7

Will Immigration Rescue Us?

America has made and remade itself several times in its history through new demographic infusions from overseas. Optimists argue it will do so again.1 This chapter examines the viability of immigration as a demographic tool of national policy.

We begin with a caveat. Immigration is a highly charged, emotional issue. Some of the material in this chapter may appear “anti-immigrant.” Individuals who were not born in the United States—or their children—may take some of this quite personally. This chapter addresses all immigrants as a group (with the exception of a brief digression regarding illegal immigrants as distinct from those who settle in the United States legally). By definition, any group that comprises ...

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