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Fizzy Bubbler Can't Be Stopped!: Illegal immigration is a good indicator of economic health. If people are not willing to risk their freedom to get into your country, if suggests it's not worth getting into. A major issue in the US is that there's been such a strangely negative reaction to immigration from the south, that American authorities have made it virtually impossible for migrant workers to get a work visa legally. In 2011 for instance, there were 1.4 million Mexicans applying to work legally and only 65,000 were granted visas (that's a whopping 4.5% of applicants). If everyone in Mexico decided to do it the legal way, barely any immigrants would be coming in. So, in a world where America was actually able to block as many immigrants as it actually wanted to, the drop in population would cause a major economic recession. Just look at Japan. Japanese stopped having kids decades ago and they don't have any immigration. Their population is plummeting leading their economy down the stink hole. The only thing that keeps their housing market from going bust is Chinese investment. America is too big for Chinese investors to keep it afloat. Also I doubt American's want to be dependent on China's good will to survive. There are 2 options. One is have more kids. In 2015 Americans had an average of 1.87 children per family. It is well established that the minimum replacement rate needed to maintain an industrialized population is 2.1 children per family and higher is you want to see growth. The other option is to supplement the continually lowering family size in the US by allowing more immigrants to enter the US legally. This is just logical economic fact. Everyone can scream about it like spoiled children for as long as they want, but it does not change economic reality.