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What issues should the U.S. Congress be addressing/prioritizing to prepare for a changing United States as we progress toward 2050?

As time passes, the United States will, more than likely, see changes within its demographics and its society as it gets closer and closer to 2050.

Data indicates that the U.S. population will not only grow but also see an increase in the aging of its citizens the closer we get to 2050. In addition, medical and technological advances will possibly enable people to live a longer, healthier, more productive life.

As well, some of the regions of the United States will see increases in terms of population which will stress the water resources and infrastructure of the area.

It is likely that many major cities will continue to be densely populated but many suburban areas will also experience tremendous growth.

Immigrant groups are also going to continue to grow and cultural, language, and educational needs are going to be addressed for this segment of the population.

Obviously, technology is advancing and this is going to impact things such as education, communication, and transportation in the near future, in 2050, and beyond

Furthermore, much of the infrastructure of the country is aging and in need of repair. Roads will possibly need to be widened to accommodate larger populations and bridges will have to be refurbished to ensure the safe travel of motorists and goods.

Overall, it is safe to say that the next 30+ years in the United States will bring about tremendous change.

As a result of these impending changes, amongst others, what issues should the lawmakers (Congress) of the United States be addressing and prioritizing to ensure that the citizens of the United States are adequately prepared when 2050 gets here?

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  • Nov 4 2013: I think the usa should grab the immigration bull by the horns. assigning qoutas isn't working. perhaps we should advertise what our quotas are and send delegations to the countries with the largest quotas to explain the process and tell then how much it is going to cost. we could deploy U.S.A. immigration lawyers to guide them and collect the documentation necessary for living in our country.
    here's an idea, we could furnish immigration opportunity for Americans our creativity and entertainment is still popular we could help Americans go to classes in different countries with ally status so they can compete with the worlds trained immigrants. we must consider the modern anthropological relationship between the ethnic groups and different countries. an example Europe is feeling threated by Africans coming there they don't want to assimilate and the last time they were colonizing Africa and before that fighting Islamic Africans off and on; Europeans feel much more comfortable with Black Americans because of the WW11 liberation and the WW1 liberation. May I add that Black Americans are assimilationists. from the stories of my family, Europeans seem to relate with them because their food and music and language come from the same region. when I was a teenager the Black-American girls would call their best clothing "my Chanel" :-)
    what would it take to do an immigration exchange? white Americans feel comfortable around Africans because of the peace corp and the struggles in south Africa with Nelson Mandela. many white americans think that Africans are more authentic in language and culture. this situation is also applied to the Caribbean immigrants. people often have their vacations in the countries of the Caribbean.
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      Nov 5 2013: Elena! You are not going far enough. Why don't we all just go back to the countries we came from? What about every family or person is only allowed to live in any country in the world for a total of two years? Free transportation too!

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