Bill Clinton: We Need More Immigrants For Deficit Reduction
Former President Bill Clinton, speaking at a symposium on deficit reduction, says we need more immigrant workers in America in order to reduce the deficit.
Clinton said that one key to avoiding massive debt is to maintain a good ratio between people paying into the system, and those receiving payouts (through such programs as Social Security.)
That means more jobs and more people working, he said. “Which to me means more immigrants.”
And looking at the overall budget numbers, comparing money in to money out, “I don’t think there’s any alternative for us but increasing immigration,” he said. “I just don’t see any palatable way out of this unless that’s part of the strategy.”
What Clinton didn’t mention was that our economy benefits not just from legal immigrants, but also from those here without documentation.
In fact, undocumented immigrants are even more lucrative for the government, particularly Social Security. Many undocumented workers have payroll taxes automatically withheld from their wages, but because they use fake numbers, never collect the benefits.Click here for reuse options!
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