Free movement of people and goods has long been a central tenant of liberalism. The Brookings Institute published a piece today about the need for immigration reform designed to encourage skilled workers to come and stay in the country (link).
Along with high-skilled immigrants, these immigrant workers and their children are tied to this country’s future economic prospects. In fact, demographers predict that over the next 40 years, immigrants and their children will be the only source of growth for the nation’s labor force, which would otherwise begin to shrink around 2015.
With an economy in flux like ours, we should ensure that as we bring in newcomers with specialized skills to fill in much needed gaps in our skilled workforce, we also cultivate those who are already here.