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Fox News won’t tell you that there is no immigration crisis. In fact, U.S. needs more legal migrants

Judging from the questions asked by White House reporters during President Biden’s first press conference on March 25, much of the Washington press has bought into the right-wing media’s false narrative that there is an “immigration crisis” in America.

In fact, it’s the opposite: United States desperately needs more — not fewer — immigrants.

Ask most demographers, or most economists, and they will tell you that the United States has an increasingly aging population and a shrinking work force. And the relative decline of both unauthorized and legal migration, especially during former President Trump’s term, has aggravated the problem.

“The crisis we have is one of too few immigrants, not of too many,” says Charles Kenny, a senior fellow at the Center of Global Development, and Washington D.C., think tank. “If you look at U.N. projections, they suggest that, by 2050, the United States will need 50 million more workers to keep the current proportion of workers to the population overall.”

America’s fertility rates have dropped from 3.65 children per woman in 1960 to 1.73 children per woman in 2021, according to the World Bank. That’s way below the rate of 2.1 children per woman needed to replace annual deaths in the United States

DMU Timestamp: March 29, 2021 09:11

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