- Hardcover: 380 pages
- Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation (February 22, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0871546361
- ISBN-13: 978-0871546364
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,136,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Immigrants and Boomers: Forging a New Social Contract for the Future of America
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DOWELL MYERS is professor of urban planning and demography at the University of Southern California.
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What are the consequences of lowering our average age in the US by accepting immigrants? Myers shows some significant ones. But there are other unexpected trends that every serious discussant on the immigration debate should consider (I guess that leaves Dobbs out).
I heard Professor Myers talk at the Huntington Library about a year ago and have been eagerly awaiting his book. Since he is a demographer at USC he looks at the immigration issue from a demographers point of view and he concludes that if the baby boomers want to have someone to buy their houses and care for them when they are 75 they had better keep letting in immigrants and spend more now to educate and acculturate them.
The book has great graphs and much new data about the wave of immigrants from Latin America. He shows how the fear of immigration is based on a flawed snapshot of the past and that there is much to be hopeful about.
"The nation needs immigrants to fill our needs, not simply in today's world, where most citizens and experts have looked for their answers, but especially in tomorrow's."
People who argue in favor of immigration and an amnesty will find that "Immigrants and Boomers" gives them some very good economic and cultural arguments to support their view. Those who oppose immigration and amnesty may be swayed by the arguments about the economic needs of the baby boomers. This is an important book because it presents new data that can reduce some of the jingoistic fear of immigrants. It would be worth the price and time just for its excellent rebuttal of Sam Huntington's argument against immigration in "Who We Are."
He describes two possible futures: the scenario of despair, which flows from the sense that those among the formerly dominant demographic group (white, non-Hispanic) are losing their position as the dominant group. They are afraid, because they sense that foreign cultures are taking over... However, he points toward a better future: the scenario of hope, based on mutual self-interest. Though many do not see such a possibility, in this possible future, the older (voters) would invest in the younger, school-age generation, many of whom are ethnically different or of immigrant origin. These then become the taxpaying and investing class, the home-buying class, in the next generation...
In the conclusion of his book, he recommends seven steps for rebuilding the future of hope. These steps set the agenda for discussion and action.
Throughout the book, Myers points to the demographics and trends in California as harbinger for the rest of the country. Currently in California, the school-age children are overwhelmingly of a different ethnic make-up than were prior generations. Because of immigration patterns spreading to other states, this represents the future of the country as a whole.
Thoroughly researched, with mounds of verified demographic data, this book asks the right questions about the future of the Immigrants and the Boomers. If this raises questions that you are concerned with, I also recommend reading The Latino Wave: How Hispanics Are Transforming Politics in America by Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos as an additional source for understanding the coming demographic changes. What Mr. Myers has done is to demonstrate that the aging baby boomers really do need this immigrant wave to become financially successful in the decades to come.
"In short, when the baby boomers retire, who will replace them? Who will pay the taxes to support their much deserved retirement benefits? And who will pay them a good price for their homes? New knowledge of these coming events should command all our attention." (p. 3). These questions do indeed suggest issues that will be of increasingly greater importance in months and years to come.
I downgrade this book for its repetitiousness. He makes the same basic points chapter after chapter. And, for all of his teachings that we citizens embrace an outlook of hope for the future, in the end he despairs of working the issue through governmental processes. If you liked Obama's Audacity of Hope, you'll love Myers.
In the end, he changed my mind set about our need for infusions of immigrants and for the imperative need of a crash course to educate them.
Anyone who dislikes the pending immigration bill will likely change thier mind too if they dare to read this book.