The U.S. has legally naturalized over 60 million immigrants since the mid-1960’s. George Melloan’s idea, as outlined in the Wall Street Journal, that the U.S. Social Security needs even more immigrants to make it solvent is misguided at best.
Naturalizing immigrants costs the U.S. government a load of money, and state governments even more, as provisions for new citizens including healthcare, and education are paid for through taxpayer dollars. Immigrant population growth also stresses infrastructure and local services which cost municipalities too.
The best way to increase the Social Security coffers is to re-engage Americans to join the U.S. workforce again, and to get them working more hours.
By eliminating federal and state taxation for all U.S. teenagers under the age of 18, the U.S. government could encourage U.S. teens to get off their cell phones and start working. Teenagers would contribute to Social Security and benefit themselves by earning a wage, improving their communication skills, and cultivating a work ethic.
By reforming U.S. tax laws to tax only the first 40 hours of income, U.S. workers would be incented to work more than one job, enabling them to save or spend more in the U.S. economy and contribute more to Social Security. America’s lowest wage earners and Social Security would benefit most from this kind of reform.
We need new ideas to make things better, not more immigration.