It is sometimes politically expedient for those in government, and/or those who want to get into government, to take a firm stance against immigration, claiming that it poses a threat to the culture, economy and way of life in the United States. However, claims that immigration is detrimental to the economy, both in Illinois and throughout the U.S., are demonstrably false. In truth, immigration actually helps the economy by providing a steady flow of new workers and generating tax revenue at both the state and national levels.
According to NPR Illinois, by the year 2050, the percentage of the U.S. population over the age of 65 will be about 22 percent. As this segment of the population drops out of the workforce due to age, the stability of the economy requires newer, younger workers to replace and support them.