Lately, I've been thinking about how the United States is different from Greece. One of the biggest differences that sets the United States apart from every other rich country in the world is that America is demographically vibrant.

Almost every rich country in the world faces problems of the welfare state which are technically fixable by reducing entitlements, raising retirement ages and working healthcare costs.  But the one thing you can’t change is demographics.

Read more: America risks losing its immigration advantage - By Fareed Zakaria, CNN

On June 29, 2011, Ombudsman January Contreras submitted the 2011 Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman’s Annual Report to Congress.

In her opening message, Ombudsman Contreras writes:

"In this role, I have had the opportunity to interact with people from around the world who have immigrated, or are trying to immigrate, to the United States. They never cease to inspire me…The Ombudsman’s Office has the responsibility for and privilege of helping…individuals, along with those who petition on their behalf, to navigate the citizenship and immigration process. On a one-on-one basis, we help resolve problems encountered by those seeking immigration benefits, and we make solution-oriented proposals to help improve the immigration benefits system."

Read more: The Ombudsman's Annual Report to Congress - Annual Report 2011

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