Young Labor in the US comes from Immigrant Populations: Why It’s Good for the Country and Foreigners Alike
Florida’s beloved Jeb Bush, the state’s former governor, stands firmly behind immigration reform, and his stance on it makes more sense than that of many liberals who have stood behind the reform for longer than Bush himself.
In a recent Washington Post article, Governor Bush is quoted as saying, “Immigrants create far more businesses than native-born Americans, (…) they love families, and they have more intact families, and they bring a younger population. Immigrants create an engine of economic prosperity,” noted Bush, adding, “If we don’t do it [pass immigration reform], we will be in decline, because the productivity of this country is dependent upon young people that are equipped to be able to work hard.”
Jeb is right on the money. Other countries who are our direct competitors in exports and whose economies depend on ours (and visa versa) simply don’t have the access to young labor like the US does—and perhaps the biggest reason we have this advantage is because of our large immigrant population.
Most immigrants choose to stay, raise their families here, and hope to create opportunities for their children that they did not have for themselves. While many immigrants that Jeb Bush is talking about are from Mexico and other Latin American nations, many more of the immigrant population in the US are from China, India, and Japan—they are coming here for their education… and staying, by and large, to practice their professions here. This means the promise of a quality education for them means a promise of excellent, well-educated labor for the United States in almost every case.
What’s more, many Asian, Indian, Russian, Eastern European, and Latin American students and professionals have the mind to stick around, and are working hard to give employers a reason to pick them over their American peers. Working on accent reduction, improving American English, and being willing to work for competitive salaries put many young foreigners head and shoulders above native-born Americans, even when they have the same level of education.
So here’s to you, Empowered Foreigner, work on what matters in the realms of assimilation, speaking English like an American, and being active in the communities that surround you, and you will likely have a great chance of success you may have previously thought was not within your grasp. As Washington Post author Aaron Blake stated, population growth in the US is occurring within immigrant populations, while the “white” demographic is in decline, at least for now. We are truly a nation of immigrants like never before, and that’s great news for all of us!