[An] aspect of President Obama’s executive action has gone almost unnoticed: the establishment of a taskforce to focus on the integration of immigrants into the economy and their communities. Recognizing the important role that immigrants play in today’s economy, and the growing role they will play in the coming decades, the White House Taskforce on New Americans aims to bolster efforts at the federal, state, and local levels to address the civic, economic, and linguistic incorporation of residents born outside the United States.
This is an important goal. Immigrants and their children have become an increasingly significant part of the U.S. labor force. As the (mostly white) baby boomers retire, a more diverse generation of workers—whose ranks were shaped by immigration—will replace them. In fact, immigrants are projected to account for almost all of the nation’s labor force growth through 2050, by which time 37 percent of the U.S. population is projected to be foreign born or the children of immigrants. It is in our collective interest for immigrants and their children to succeed.
Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Improving workers’ skills must include immigrants | Brookings Institution.