Immigration and Benefits

Michael Lind thinks that changing immigration policy shouldn't be considered as a way to address projected Social Security and Medicare budget deficits.

"Americans need to have a rational debate about options for ensuring the solvency of Social Security and Medicare," writes Michael Lind, and they "also need to have a rational debate about the desirable levels and skill composition of immigration. But the two debates should be kept separate." He writes that immigration shouldn't be considered as a way to eliminate projected shortfalls in Social Security and Medicare funding.