Since 1990, the Immigrant Population Has Doubled in the U.S.
By JOE GUZZARDI
October 16, 2016
From a strictly population growth perspective, CIS offers sobering details. Within a relatively short time span, the four years from 2010 to 2014, new legal and illegal immigrants plus their U.S.-born children added 8.3 million residents, an unsustainable level of population increase.
CIS uncovered some little-known facts about immigration's effects. Among them: every state has seen significant increases in its immigrant population, including those thousands of miles from the Southwest border. North Dakota and Wyoming had the largest percentage increases with 45 percent and 42 percent, respectively. And somewhat curiously given the continued debate in Congress about what role, if any, Saudi Arabia played in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Saudi immigrants increased 93 percent during the period studied.
Another major campaign issue, one that past presidents have vowed but failed to improve since Jimmy Carter, is education. In 1979, Carter created the Department of Education, and said that, our country's entire intellectual and cultural life depends on the public school system's success. But 37 years after Carter, K-12 public schools have failed on nearly every level. One reason is that 10.9 million students from immigrant households, 23 percent of all public schools students, have overwhelmed teachers. Most of the new students don't speak English, and need remedial programs. Again, using California as an example, about 1.4 million K-12 students are currently designated as English Language Learners. State taxpayers spend more than $12 billion annually to fund ELL classes.
Perhaps the report's biggest surprise is that despite years of pro-immigration advocates insisting that immigrants do jobs Americans won't, CIS' research showed that the opposite is true. In almost every Bureau of Labor Statistics-recognized job category,, the majority of workers are U.S.-born, even jobs often thought to be overwhelmingly done by immigrants ---- 51 percent of maids, 53 percent of taxi drivers and chauffeurs, 67 percent of butchers and meat processors, and 65 percent of construction laborers are U.S.-born. The unemployment rate for Americans in each of those four occupations averages about 10 percent, proof that plenty of workers are available should employers choose to seek them out.
CIS delivers an in-depth analysis that includes not only immigration-related population, education and employment statistics, but also immigrants' welfare use, their poverty levels, and health insurance coverage, and ranked each by country of origin. For many Americans, the CIS report represents a treasure trove of immigration information that may answer many questions, but likely poses many more about the wisdom of adding more immigrants on virtual autopilot.
Joe Guzzardi ©2016
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