By Evan Horowitz, for NBC News Think
The U.S. population isn’t growing as fast as it used to, and that’s a serious problem for economic growth, social stability and political sanity. Too bad the Trump administration won’t embrace the easy answer: more immigrants.
The latest plan from the administration, which the White House shared with several Republican senators Tuesday, reportedly aims to keep immigration levels stable — when waning population growth actually cries out for steps to boost immigration.
How drastic is the slowdown in population growth? Just last week, news emerged that California had experienced the slowest population increase on record. And the broader U.S. story isn’t much better. Yes, the nation’s population is still rising, but 2018 saw the smallest percentage increase since 1937.
The net effect of our slow-growing population is a dimmer economic and political outlook for Americans of all vintages, including working-class voters.
Evan Horowitz is the director of research communication at FCLT Global, a financial think tank.
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