Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer made some startling admissions last week about his immigration views: “We have a population that is not reproducing on its own with the same level that it used to. The only way we’re going to have a great future in America is if we welcome and embrace immigrants, the Dreamers and all of them, because our ultimate goal is to help the Dreamers but to get a path to citizenship for all 11 million or however many undocumented there are here.”
We have a few choices:
- Business process efficiency improvements
- Widespread adoption of automation (automation can do a lot more than what most people think it can do, and its costs are plummeting)
- Import workers from abroad
For countries that are attractive destinations, importing immigrants may have success for a while. But since dozens and dozens of countries worldwide intend to import immigrants to overcome their population declines – there will not be enough immigrants to meet everyone’s needs. Which gets us back to efficiency and automation as long-term solutions.
In the U.S., neither political party is willing to have honest discussions about immigration. Republicans seem to want no immigration and Democrats seem to want open borders. That’s a bit of caricature but you get the idea.