Immigration is not overwhelming the future

Immigration is not overwhelming the future

July 24th, 2014 | Posted in Uncategorized

During recent visits to various parts of the U.S., in casual conversation with people I am asked what I think should be done about the “tidal wave” of illegal immigration allegedly going on. When I point out that the problem is not nearly so bad now as it once was, people literally take a step back and look at me like I am crazy, so thorough is the news propaganda that hypes this issue endlessly.

It is an issue that matters to me, as a child of immigrant grandparents and mother. We ourselves are not that long in this country, and I grew up on stories of what it was like for my mother’s family to sail into New York and to pass by the Statue of Liberty with its famous but now nearly forgotten welcoming words:

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

Instead we have the quite embarrassing scene of hoards of “patriots” standing at the border protesting the entry of 60,000 – 60,000!! — children and young people who are refugees seeking to escape violence and poverty in their home countries. Americans should be, and used to be, much better than that.

As for the real truth about immigration the recent stats are these…

While the number of unaccompanied youth crossing the border has doubled to nearly 60,000 in the past year, the total number of undocumented immigrants has mostly declined. About 1 million people have been caught crossing the border nearly every year between 1983 until 2006, but that number has dropped to about 400,000 in 2013.

The future will undoubtedly involve people moving around the world. We had better figure out how to deal with it in an intelligent way.

Glen Hiemstra

About Glen Hiemstra

Glen Hiemstra is the founder and owner of An internationally respected expert on future trends, long-range planning and creating the preferred future, Glen has advised professional, business, and governmental organizations for two decades.


  1. Daniel   |   Aug 6, 2014

    Boarder’s seem to show up as banker’s dust ups. Is there anything about this monetary paradigm, that is not a hoax?? … please reply, should anything comes to mind … I’ll send you a “FREE” pin point, to place it on :-]
    We have known what’s responsible for centuries. R we stuck with the antiquated?
    A futurist …hmm – environments produce outcomes

    • Glen Hiemstra   |   Aug 6, 2014

      Daniel, I presume you mean the current monetary paradigm is a hoax? I’d say it is an agreement, not a hoax, but fragile as agreements are. And, it goes without saying, not something that you and I have formally agreed to, just the way the world works at this point. Can some Internet or free currency replace the current system? I doubt it, baring a global crisis on a scale not foreseen, leading to collapse. Environments do produce outcomes, but people can change them over time.

  2. Apollo Underwing   |   Aug 5, 2014

    The potential for a solution already exists. My theories may still need refining, but with the direction the world is taking I see the solution in the combination of the Internet and crypto currency. Anyone with an internet connection can learn and deliver services to anyone on the planet. With a ‘free trade’ currency, everyone can earn actually market wages, a worldwide rate for certain expertise. Aren’t these the building blocks to end poverty?

  3. Chris   |   Jul 30, 2014

    I think more money needs to be invested into other countries which are struggling, it’s not fair that everyone needs to risk their lives, to come to a country which offers “a better life”.

    It has to be said also, that immigrants can sometimes bring a mindset or an ideology with them, which is the very thing they ran from in the first place.

    More needs to be done to help the original problem, rather than constant war and violence.

    • Ed Kertis   |   Jul 31, 2014

      Chris, you hit the nail on the head. I’ve lived in five countries, including Honduras and El Salvador. Those two are plagued by the gang violence which is contributing to the migration.

      Everywhere I’ve been has been beautiful with something to offer. We need to figure out how to help those countries improve so there is no need for folks to flee. Certainly draining their best, brightest, and most industrious is not the way to do it.

      • Glen Hiemstra   |   Jul 31, 2014

        Ed, super comment, I agree and thanks. My wife grew up in very rough circumstances and as she says, “no one saw her.” We see these kids and the answer is not to deliberately look away.