Amnesty, Artificial Intelligence and the Economy

By Joseph Platt
February 14, 2018

Automation and technology will undoubtedly make our lives better.  However, in the short and intermediate term…

America faces a considerable domestic policy challenge of retraining and supporting “low skilled” workers during this time of transition. The issues of amnesty and chain migration are aggravating factors to a greater ongoing problem-the rapid automation of our economy.  The debate of amnesty and extension of chain migration has failed to consider exponentially increasing employment disruptions in the near future caused technological transitions to automation.    

Congress and President Trump must consider the impact of any vote for amnesty and “chain migration”, particularly concerning tens of millions of Americans in the middle class and working poor whose transition to an automated economy will require substantial spending on retraining and the social safety net.
The paper, slide presentation and reference material located at Future By The Numbers are intended to inform policy makers and voters as they make decisions regarding U.S. Immigration policy and alert them of the need to address the  revolution in automation reshaping our economy and how we will work in the future. 


The “automation revolution” is changing the way we work and the skills necessary to participate in the new economy.  The question is how we meet the financial challenges of caring for displaced American workers with the finite resources we have on hand. Decisions regarding immigration policy, amnesty and chain migration must consider our ongoing economic “automation revolution.’


Joseph Platt






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