A reader responds to our previous one who immigrated from Beijing:
The “American Dream” is illusory. The promise of a chicken in every pot was promoted during the Depression, and there are other countries that offer a similar quality of life and opportunity as the United States, and generally with fewer strings attached.
The Chinese lady who emailed you is well educated, as is her husband. These are the perfect immigrants, since they can help build the country and their immigration is desirable.
The other side of the equation that claims to look for a better life is uneducated, has difficulty surviving when they get here, and generally goes on welfare while taking day work. Food stamp usage in California is said to be ten million—one-third of the state population. [Ed. note: That’s not correct: the number of Californians on food stamps is only about 4.5 million—11 percent of the state’s population and “among the nation’s lowest.”] That sounds like a nightmare. Is it a scam or is it a true safety net?
Immigration is good for an economy. The reproduction rate in the U.S. is below the level necessary for growth so immigration is necessary—but the right kind of immigration.