Trump’s dec­la­ra­tion of a ‘full’ coun­try un­der­mines his goals for con­tin­ued eco­nomic growth

The Buffalo News - - OPINION - Wash­ing­ton Post Writ­ers Group Batavia Pres­i­dent National Assn. of Let­ter Car­ri­ers Branch #3 Buf­falo/West­ern New York Cheek­towaga Buf­falo

WASH­ING­TON – Pres­i­dent Trump is 100 per­cent cor­rect that there is a cri­sis on our south­ern border. And he is ab­so­lutely right when he says some mi­grants are abus­ing our asy­lum laws. But he is dead wrong when he de­clares, in what has be­come his fa­vorite re­frain, that “Our coun­try is FULL.”

Sorry, our coun­try is not full. Not by a long shot. The op­po­site is true. We need more im­mi­grants, lots of them. In fact, no one needs im­mi­grants more than Trump.

To­day, thanks to Trump’s lead­er­ship, the U.S. econ­omy is strong. Un­em­ploy­ment re­cently reached its low­est level in 49 years. U.S. man­u­fac­tur­ing em­ploy­ment is grow­ing at the fastest pace in nearly a quar­ter-cen­tury. On Trump’s watch, the un­em­ploy­ment rates for African Amer­i­cans, His­pan­ics and Amer­i­cans with­out a high school di­ploma have all reached the low­est points ever recorded.

The Wall Street Jour­nal re­cently called this “the hottest job mar­ket in half a cen­tury,” declar­ing that “Work­ers are so scarce that, in many parts of the coun­try, low-skill jobs are be­ing handed out to pretty much any­one will­ing to take them -- and high-skilled work­ers are in even shorter sup­ply. All sorts of peo­ple who have pre­vi­ously had trou­ble land­ing a job are now find­ing work. Racial mi­nori­ties, those with less ed­u­ca­tion and peo­ple work­ing in the low­est-pay­ing jobs are get­ting big­ger pay raises and, in many cases, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the low­est un­em­ploy­ment rate ever recorded for their groups.”

In some places, un­em­ploy­ment is so low that em­ploy­ers can’t find work­ers to fill the jobs. There are now a record 6.5 mil­lion job open­ings in the United States. Ac­cord­ing to the National Fed­er­a­tion of In­de­pen­dent Busi­ness, 39 per­cent of small busi­nesses say they have a job open­ing they can’t fill, and 90 per­cent of busi­ness own­ers who hired or tried to hire work­ers re­ported few or no qual­i­fied ap­pli­cants for the po­si­tion. Nearly a quar­ter of all small-busi­ness own­ers re­port that find­ing qual­i­fied work­ers is their “sin­gle most im­por­tant busi­ness prob­lem.” And the de­mand for sea­sonal work­ers is so big that, when the ap­pli­ca­tion win­dow for H-2B visas opened up on Jan. 1, the La­bor De­part­ment’s elec­tronic fil­ing sys­tem for the visas crashed due to over­whelm­ing de­mand. Em­ploy­ers re­quested three times as many visas as were avail­able.

To quote my Amer­i­can En­ter­prise In­sti­tute col­league Michael R. Strain, “this is a good prob­lem to have.” But it is a prob­lem. If Trump wants to keep this strong econ­omy go­ing, and achieve his stated goal of sus­tained 3 per­cent growth through­out his pres­i­dency, he needs more work­ers.

The trou­ble is, the United States is not pro­duc­ing enough na­tive-born work­ers. Ac­cord­ing to the Eco­nomic In­no­va­tion Group, 80 per­cent of U.S. coun­ties lost prime work­ing-age adults from 2007 through 2017. And the sit­u­a­tion is not im­prov­ing. Ac­cord­ing to Cen­sus Bureau data, our pop­u­la­tion growth rate for fis­cal year 2017-2018 was 0.62% – the low­est since 1937, dur­ing the Great De­pres­sion. The U.S. pop­u­la­tion is now grow­ing at less than re­place­ment lev­els.

The de­cline is driven in large part by mil­len­ni­als, who are mar­ry­ing and hav­ing chil­dren at much lower rates than pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions. It’s ironic. Many mil­len­ni­als want so­cial­ism, but they are not pro­duc­ing the fu­ture work­ers and tax­pay­ers needed to pay for it.

The only thing stop­ping us from over­all pop­u­la­tion de­cline is the ar­rival of im­mi­grants, who ac­count for about 48 per­cent of U.S. pop­u­la­tion growth. And immigration “is pro­jected to be the pri­mary con­trib­u­tor to national pop­u­la­tion growth af­ter 2030,” the Brook­ings In­sti­tu­tion re­ported.

So, we need more im­mi­grants. Amer­i­cans un­der­stand this. Eighty-four per­cent say le­gal immigration is good for the coun­try, and only 29 per­cent be­lieve it should be de­creased – the low­est level since 1965. Un­for­tu­nately, Sens. Tom Cot­ton, R.-Ark., David Per­due, R.-Ga., and Josh Hawley, R-Mo., have in­tro­duced leg­is­la­tion that would re­duce le­gal immigration by 50 per­cent over 10 years. No doubt, our immigration sys­tem is in need of sen­si­ble re­forms, such as elim­i­nat­ing the visa lot­tery sys­tem, end­ing chain mi­gra­tion and im­pos­ing a manda­tory EVer­ify process. But an over­all re­duc­tion in immigration would be dis­as­trous for the coun­try. We need im­mi­grants to stop pop­u­la­tion de­cline. We need im­mi­grants to work and pay taxes that fund So­cial Se­cu­rity and Medi­care for our ag­ing pop­u­la­tion. And we need im­mi­grants to pro­vide the hu­man cap­i­tal for con­tin­ued eco­nomic growth and pros­per­ity. If the pres­i­dent wants to keep this eco­nomic boom go­ing, he needs more peo­ple com­ing to the United States, not fewer.

So, yes, our shin­ing city on a hill needs walls – be­cause the world is a dan­ger­ous place, and we are a na­tion of laws. But, as Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan put in it his farewell ad­dress, those walls must also have doors. And the sign above those doors should read “Wel­come to Amer­ica” – not “Sorry, we’re full.”

Marc Thiessen Where did his love go? Oats kicked Bulls to curb

Nate Oats kicks Uni­ver­sity at Buf­falo to the curb, for a fling with “sweet home” Alabama.

What is this other than a clas­sic ex­am­ple of a mar­riage en­counter shrouded in du­plic­ity, dou­ble-deal­ing and disin­gen­u­ously speak­ing out of both sides of his mouth?

First, talk up the soon-to-be ex. Buf­falo is “en­er­getic,” the bas­ket­ball Bulls are a team packed with po­ten­tial on a national stage, Oats’ fam­ily is en­thralled with the Buf­falo area, and on and on. Boy, Nate, this love af­fair of yours took a pre­cip­i­tous dive in just the short pe­riod of two weeks, start­ing with you sign­ing an ex­ten­sion of your mar­i­tal con­tract with UB, and end­ing with your an­nounce­ment of the breakup of your Buf­falo mar­riage.

Sec­ond, say and do all this at the very same time that you are in the dance of de­sire with a new suitor, with money to boot, then your cur­rent life part­ner, the Bulls. Boy, Nate, you re­ally know how to hon­or­ably fall out of love!

Don’t even think about the bag­gage the newly en­gaged brings to the re­la­tion­ship: pro­grams the likes of Ken­tucky, Ten­nessee, Louisiana State Uni­ver­sity, Auburn, etc.

Not ex­actly the three lesser “Michi­gans,” Ohio Uni­ver­sity, Ken­tucky State, Toledo, etc., of the MAC, eh?

We here in West­ern New York will be watch­ing to see if you were bet­ter off stick­ing with what you knew, and shun­ning what looks like too much com­pe­ti­tion, too much tal­ent, in Alabama’s South­east­ern Con­fer­ence. Boy, Nate, I re­ally think you made a big mis­take!

Any­way, it seems to me, Mr. Oats, you learned more than X’s and O’s from your mar­riage-men­tor and fel­low-di­vorcee of the UB Bulls, Bobby Hur­ley. But then again, it ap­pears that we never learn when it comes to af­fairs of the heart. Just look at Hur­ley’s record, reg­u­lar sea­son and March Mad­ness, since he left the Bulls.

Truly a “no-fault” di­vorce, on the part of UB. You tell me, reader, though where, and with whom, the “fault” lies.

Don­ald Weyer point. The USPS in the Buf­falo area had an on-time de­liv­ery score with Ama­zon parcels of well over 95 per­cent.

If you are un­happy with the new Flex de­liv­ery ser­vice for any rea­son please con­tact Ama­zon and let them know. Ama­zon is of­fer­ing USPS de­liv­ery only to some of its cus­tomers and even giv­ing re­funds due to poor Flex de­liv­ery ser­vice.

Re­mem­ber union­ized pro­fes­sional let­ter car­ri­ers that de­liv­ered Ama­zon pack­ages for over half a decade are vet­ted with gov­ern­ment back­ground checks to en­sure the gen­eral pub­lic can be con­fi­dent these em­ploy­ees han­dling mail/pack­ages are safe, trust­wor­thy de­liv­ery per­son­nel for your goods.

David J Grosskopf Jr.

Mulching isn’t the only is­sue on the topic of lawn mow­ing

In re­sponse to the March 9 let­ter, “Stop clip­ping grass and start mulching,” what about the peo­ple who don’t bag but blow all the clip­pings into the street and clog all the wa­ter re­cep­ta­cles … they should be fined, fined, fined both res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial.

Ron Croce

Re­cent news about vi­o­lence is an ex­am­ple of so­ci­ety’s lows

There is an ar­gu­ment to be made that so­ci­ety is ac­tu­ally too pas­sive on how we han­dle vi­o­lent crime.

Just a few re­cent ex­am­ples: Two Buf­falo teens en­ter the dorms at Buf­falo State Col­lege with guns to rob and in­tim­i­date; a taxi driver robbed by two men with knives; an 18-year-old at­tacks two Buf­falo po­lice of­fi­cers at Bur­gard High School; a young stu­dent at­tacked by a group of teens at a bus stop (dur­ing the day) and the one that maybe is most dis­gust­ing, a 36-year-old man “Rocco” ar­rested for punch­ing out a 66-year-old woman at Seneca Ni­a­gara Casino.

These are just minis­cule re­flec­tions of the re­cent vi­o­lence in our com­mu­nity.

This is all about crim­i­nals prof­it­ing and tor­ment­ing. They prey on peo­ple with threats, in­tim­i­da­tion and phys­i­cal as­sault sim­ply be­cause they can get away with it.

We hear about par­ents hav­ing “the talk” with their young sons about the threat the po­lice pose. What about the talk that en­cour­ages re­spect for fel­low hu­man be­ings?

Where is the com­mu­nity or larger so­ci­ety com­ing to the aide of vul­ner­a­ble cit­i­zens who are sim­ply try­ing to get along?

The News has pub­lished some good ar­ti­cles about com­mu­nity polic­ing which rather than ha­rass­ing folks helps pro­mote safety. Re­spect for law is what en­ables vast num­bers of peo­ple to live to­gether.

Ra­tio­nal­ize all you want but it is a priv­i­lege and a bless­ing to live in a so­ci­ety where free­dom, op­por­tu­nity and peace are a way of life.

We want to nur­ture and pro­tect our cul­ture and all are wel­come. Vi­o­lent peo­ple for­feit that priv­i­lege.

David Casassa

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