Advantage of Immigrants
Trump has focussed entirely on the disadvantages and costs of immigrants, seasoning his arguments with racism. He is ignoring the case for immigrants. There are three stages of life:
ChildIt costs the government $160,000 to raise an American child to age 16 to cover education and health care costs.
AdultThe person pays taxes and contributes to retirement funds. They build goods and services contributing to the GDP (Gross Domestic Product).
Old ageThe person lives off retirement funds. Their health costs are the highest of any time in life.
The advantage of immigrants is they usually arrive as young adults. They are pre-educated. Their childhood health costs have already been paid. They start within a year or so paying taxes. If a country has an aging population, there are not enough young people paying into the retirement funds to cover the payments to support the aged. Immigrants boost the number of young payers.~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)