Interesting article in the NYT about the demography of views on immigration. In short, older Americans are more restrictionist, and also whiter; younger Americans are more open to immigration, and more racially diverse.
That very different makeup of the young and the old can lead to tensions. Demographers say it has the potential to produce public policy that alienates the young because older people are more likely to vote and less likely to be connected to the perspectives of youth — especially the perspectives of young people of different races and national origins.This is not a new phenomenon--the gap between the ages of policy makers and the young is ever-present. I think a really interesting issue is how the views of this diverse young population changes over time. By the time they are policy makers, will they automatically retain these views, or will age also make them more skeptical of relatively open immigration policies?