After kicking Kirstjen Neilsen out of her position as Homeland Security Secretary on Sunday evening via tweet, President Trump edited his threat to "close" the U.S. border with Mexico "and/or institute tariffs" to punish the neighboring country, adding the phrase "Our Country is FULL!"
On the contrary, quite the opposite is happening, The Week reports. Much of the United States, the esteemed rural "heartland" in particular, is increasingly vacant. A report released last week by Washington think tank the Economic Innovation Group concluded that 80 percent of American counties lost adults ages 25-54 between 2007 and 2017, and 65 percent are expected to lose more prime working-age adults over the next decade.
The authors wrote that over 40 percent of counties in America, the homes of 38 million people, are "experiencing rates of demographic decline similar to Japan's.”
The report continued, "The demographic challenges facing large parts of the country are not benign. Demographic decline and population loss are not just symptoms of place-based economic decline, they are direct causes of it."
The New York Times economics correspondent Neil Irwin explained this phenomenon. “A shrinking supply of working-age people can prompt employers to look elsewhere to expand, making it harder for local governments to raise enough taxes to pay for infrastructure and education, and encouraging those younger people who remain to head elsewhere for more opportunity,” he explained.
These communities get “left behind” and "can get stuck in a vicious cycle" that result in "a point of no return that undermines the long-term economic potential of huge swaths of the United States."