The Future Of America’s Immigration Situation

President Donald Trump’s immigration policies caused a stir recently. But it’s just the beginning.

America’s immigration situation is at the precipice, and many are taking the next step with a touch of trepidation, uncertain of what changes lie in the future. Legal institutions such as Buhler Thomas Law, P.C. and others who deal with family green cards and the like will feel the brunt of these changes, which are likely to occur in this lifetime.

Crunching Numbers

Pew Research Center foresees an additional 117 million people in America by 2065. According to projections, no racial majority group will take the place of the white majority. Pew estimates that by that time, about one in three Americans would have been to immigrant parents. This means that U.S. population growth is still fueled by immigrants, and will continue on the same trend up until the next 50 years, as it has likewise been during the last century.

Immigrants also constitute a good chunk of the American labor force.

15% of all working-class citizens are foreign-born. Of these people, 54% are within the 25 to 44-year-old age bracket. The U.S.-born workforce is aging, with the average age at 42. This means that America’s labor force, sooner or later, will be comprised by a good amount of foreign-born citizens.

Diverse Population

Pew predicts that by 2065, the American population will be as diverse as ever, despite a few ‘trends’ still dominating much of the demographics. Non-Hispanic Caucasians remain the largest racial group, though numbers will constitute less than a majority (from 62 percent to 46 percent). The Hispanic population will increase (from 18% to 24%), alongside African-Americans (12% to 14%) and Asians (6% to 14%).

Despite the rather controversial immigration policies of the current administration, immigrants will continue to drive U.S. economy and society.

Immigrants work in almost every type of job, and are likely to spur the creation of new businesses—they are new customers, after all. Experts predict that in the next 75 years, documented migrants will be able to provide as much as $611 billion in current value to the American Social Security System.

America’s very foundation is built on – and by – immigrants, and will continue so. The future paints a good picture, for now.