Firstly I would like to begin by saying my ancestors came here in 1660 to Virginia. I am therefore as American as any other immigrant has has come before or since then. My ancestors would have helped to run the Native Americans off their land and just like every other group that has come since Dutch, English, French, German, Irish, Jews, Chinese, African, Italians, Pols,Russians, Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Mexican and every other nationality they all came in search of a better life.
We clearly have an immigration problem that needs to be fixed and a border that needs to be secured. We have an equal if not bigger problem than this one and the former may very well be the solution to the latter.
The fastest growing part of the American population is baby boomers retiring at the moment 13.6% of the population, about 37 million retired workers and accelerating so fast that by the year 2030 it will be over 71 million people. As of now there are 4.3 people paying into Social Security funds, Medicare and the likes for every person over 65 and these figures will drop to 2.1 by the year 2030. Social security and Medicare are the two greatest needs of elderly people and that is only fair they are after all the ones who paid in their whole working life. However the cost will rise 2.5% to 6.9% of the nations gross domestic product so even with the benefits about 10% of the elderly will fall below the official poverty line. Due to the rising cost of fuel, housing and basic needs those who have paid into private pensions will still need to get some social security and medicade. It is any wonder the government wants to get rid of both and after all we can just blame the illegal immigrants.
If we grant visas to all undocumented here now that are working we can immediately start to boost the funds. We would also need to bring in another 15 to 20 million workers over the next 15 years just to keep us ticking over. Elderly people in general do not have as much money to spend on everyday things and activities so we need the immigrants for example buses, trains, airplanes, cars, deli's and gas stations all making a living from working people using them daily. We should have the immigrants fill the gap, pay the taxes and not look a gift horse in the mouth. Just like Pocahontas's father said "I don't like those strangers send them back" four hundred years and millions of immigrants later we still hear the same old stupid argument. Your benefits will come out of the same fund immigrants will pay into and I think that is good for America.
A native immigrant Nathaniel James.