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  •  Immigration also can save Social Security (0+ / 0-)

    The projections about what trouble Social Security is in all assume an aging population, with a much higher ratio of retirees to workers than we've had in the past. Immigrants are largely younger people in their prime working years, so they shift that ratio towards more workers per retiree. If you truly want to "save" Social Security (instead of using the hyped-up crisis as an excuse to slash it), you'd loosen up on immigration for people under age 60.

    But of course logic and number-crunching aren't especially relevant to nativists, and don't lend themselves to hyped-up scare-tactics about immigrants.

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