"Improving the immigration system and increasing future immigration...would grow this advantage and help secure America’s economic future..."
New projections1 indicate that the United States will need to significantly grow its working-age population to maintain its global competitive advantage and preserve critical government programs like Social Security. This research suggests that immigration will be a critical component of population and economic growth, helping to expand the working-age population and maintain the U.S. economic leadership—but only if Congress acts to increase future immigration levels to meet our needs.
Immigration has long been a valuable American advantage, shaping our communities and boosting U.S. global competitiveness. Improving the immigration system and increasing future immigration—ideally doubling the number of immigrants admitted each year—would strengthen this advantage and help secure America’s economic future by further growing the working-age population and shifting the course of current demographic trends.
Below are some straightforward proposals, many with demonstrated bipartisan support, for Congress to consider as starting points to improve and expand the immigration system to the levels needed.2