Amanda Paulson writes in the Christian Science Monitor:
US workers may be significantly less literate in 2030 than they are today.
The reason: Most baby boomers will be retiring and a large wave of less-educated immigrants will be moving into the workforce. This downward shift in reading and math skills suggests a huge challenge for educators and policymakers in the future, according to a new report from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). [Coming US challenge: a less literate workforce February 06, 2007 ]
Now, it is clear that if the US were more carefully selective, out of the 10 million plus applicants, we could find folks that were not only literate in English, but law abiding and highly unlikely to ever wind up on public assistance. There simply is no careful selection going on. The companies profiting from immigrant labor can easily pass costs onto the American taxpayer—and they are doing so.
I expect this will come to a head when the creditors of the US government realize they aren’t investing in the same country as they were 25 years ago.