Regarding “Federal lawsuit seeks to block end to sweeping asylum boundaries(April 4): I think we need to dramatically increase the number of immigrants to fill jobs. However, I have another reason for immigration. We have a persistent problem with the number of people on Social Security and Medicare increasing. These numbers will continue to rise with advances in healthcare. The answer to paying for this is not to continue raising taxes forever on the 5% of the population who invest money to create new businesses and jobs. The answer to both problems is to get 60 million more workers and 60 million more taxpayers. They would fill these jobs and pay into Social Security and help fund Medicare.
We certainly need more immigrants, but we need them to come in legally. Getting under the radar illegally and not paying taxes (which millions already do not) would only exacerbate the current and future costs to the federal government. In order to identify, track and tax 60 million necessary workers, I think we need to close the border and lock them in through legal immigration.
Increasing the number of people working will increase US gross domestic product, which is necessary for us to keep up with China because of the country’s population advantage. China is adding more people to the workforce every day. The United States must do the same in order to compete with China in the long run.
Alex Martignago • Creve Coeur
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